There's no such thing as a low-value consult, and we GPs aren't just script writers


A dad was none too happy when his seven-year-old daughter mentioned, “A boy in my class played doctor with me today.”

“What did he do?,” dad asked anxiously.

“He kept me waiting for 40 minutes, wrote a school sick certificate and sent me a bill for $60.”

Simple administrative tasks such as certificates, repeat prescriptions and referrals are all fodder, not only for kids’ jokes, but also for GP-knockers and federal health ministers.

“Routine GP tasks blow