26 Sep '11, 3am

Many Singaporeans under-utilise the services of GPs by seeking specialists for simple problems, says doctor.

IMPORTANT changes are required to improve our primary health-care system ('More young people hit by chronic illness'; last Wednesday). The public must be made aware that many private general practitioners (GPs) have postgraduate training in family medicine and are well-trained to handle a variety of medical problems. There are many who under-utilise the services of GPs by bypassing them and seeking the expensive care of specialists for simple problems. This trend must be reversed. Many GP clinics are sited in HDB estates and the space they have is not enough to host more services and facilities to enhance the care provided. The authorities should keep this in mind when they design new estates and shopping malls. Also, GPs will surely welcome financial help, in the form of loans, to provide some of the extra facilities. Most private GP practices do not rake in high profits,...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/Story/STIStory_716701...

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