Unhealthy patients skip GP consults

This assumes that people with unhealthy lifestyles come into regular contact with GPs. A study by the University of Western Sydney has investigated this.

Data came from the 45 and Up survey involving more than 267,000 people in NSW. They were asked about their health and social wellbeing. The researchers identified people with unhealthy lifestyles, such as smoking, and developed an unhealthy lifestyle index. They linked the survey results to Medicare data.

The proportion of participants who had not consulted a GP increased with the number of unhealthy