Why the future of primary care research is at risk

ONE wonders whether there is method in the madness of defunding general practice by suggesting co-payments, Medicare rebate freezes and, more recently, conducting complete reviews on how the management of chronic diseases in general practice is meant to be remunerated.

One justificative phrase I’ve come across multiple times is ‘there’s no evidence for this…  there’s no evidence for that, therefore we’re going to defund xyz’. 

Of course, the limited evidence base is system-induced as only 2% of total NHMRC grants over the past few