Will a machine take your job?


An international survey shows most patients would accept treatment guided by artificial intelligence without a doctor present. But Zilla Efrat discovers Australian GPs have little to worry about.

A survey of 11,000 people across 12 countries shows 55% are open to artificial intelligence (AI) devices replacing GPs during a consultation.

The study by international consultants PwC suggests the presence of a doctor may be less important to patients than accurate test results and prompt access to treatment

But willingness to sacrifice a doctor’s presence varies widely between the countries in the survey, from 39% in the UK to 94% in Nigeria.

Participants in poorly serviced countries, including Turkey and South Africa, are by far the most receptive to the prospect of AI platforms helping