Why it works for patients to be practice owners

Traditional GP clinics may be giving way to corporate walk-ins but there's a third way

Every time Dr Joe Oguns opens his surgery door to a new patient, his boss walks in.

Watts and Oguns

Not because this GP works under an overzealous practice manager but because, at the National Health Co-op (NHC), every patient owns the practice.

And while that could be said of any traditional bulk-billing practice ultimately financed by the taxpayer, at NHC the community does literally fund the not-for-profit practice through an innovative subscription model.

The co-operative was formed because several individuals and community