What's a GP to do when drug supply is tight?

It is the end of the week and I am near clearing my inbox of results. Hypokalaemia is identified in a patient and I duly call them, take a brief history, and no clear cause is identified.

Medication

It is mild and having printed a prescription for potassium supplements, arranging for it to be sent to the pharmacy, leaving a follow-up pathology form at the desk and arranging a follow-up appointment within a week, I’m all set to go home.

My Medicare rebate for the above equates to zero — however, this is not a call for capitation.

The telephone then rings: “Doctor,