We should pay GPs double to manage chronic disease

The average cost of a hospital admission is $5,1941, an Emergency Department visit is $6521 and a GP consultation is around $502 (Around 85% of all GP services are bulk-billed).

If you take diabetes, the annual system cost if no complications is $3,500, but increases to $9,600 with complications3. A patient with diabetes complications will go to hospital 48% more and suffer a 30% higher mortality risk.3

Earlier screening and intervention has been demonstrated to reduce