A GP is typically the first port of call for someone with a medical complaint. The reasons people visit a GP are wide ranging. They include:
- treatment for an unknown condition
- treatment for an ongoing complaint
- health advice
- test results
- general check-ups
- obtain prescriptions.
Occasionally, a patient will require referral to a specialist, but usually a GP will be able to provide the required treatment. In NSW, for instance, an average of only nine referrals for every 100 patients seen is standard.