There's no such thing as a low-value consult, and we GPs aren't just script writers
A dad was none too happy when his seven-year-old daughter mentioned, “A boy in my class played doctor with me today.”
“What did he do?,” dad asked anxiously.
“He kept me waiting for 40 minutes, wrote a school sick certificate and sent me a bill for $60.”
Simple administrative tasks such as certificates, repeat prescriptions and referrals are all fodder, not only for kids’ jokes, but also for GP-knockers and federal health ministers.
“Routine GP tasks blow out Medicare benefits,