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Why do people visit a GP?

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
  • immunisations
  • 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.

Read some real-life GP stories.

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