GP-based diabetes care can save millions

GPs could save the health system $132 million a year by treating patients with type 2 diabetes under a primary care-based model, a Queensland program has shown.

The ‘Beacon model’ redirects complex patients with type 2 diabetes from a hospital referral to a community team consisting of a GP upskilled in diabetes care, an endocrinologist and a diabetes educator.

The model is being championed by former RACGP president Professor Claire Jackson, who says GPs have not