ED crowds are not GP patients

A study of 500,000 emergency department presentations in three tertiary hospitals in Perth showed only 10—12% of patients were suitable to be seen in general practice — a calculation based on three different estimation methods.

In contrast, using Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) methodology based on the two lowest-priority triage categories, 25% of emergency department patients were more suitable for general practice.

In addition, general practice patients accounted for only 3—5% of