Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
General practitioners (GPs) are primary caregivers and the first point of contact in the medical system. They do not require a referral and are trained in the total health care of the person. GPs provide all the care needed for about 88% of the problems they encounter. In addition, they manage patients with diseases and practise secondary prevention.
The General Practice Medical Services industry is expected to generate revenue of $10.5 billion in 2012-13 (up 4.0% on 2011-12) and account for 7.0% of total health expenditure in Australia. Over the five years through 2012-13, industry revenue is projected to grow by an annualised 3.5%, supported by an upward trend in the number of services, but partly contained by a decrease in the average fee per service... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter
About 70% of all GPs operate from some form of private practice. Traditional GPs in small private practices offer primary care, diagnostic and treatment advice, prescriptions and referrals to specialists.
Some practitioners diversify to special interests including preventive health (e.g. addressing obesity, alcohol consumption and smoking), obstetrics, gynaecology, paediatrics or alternative medicine practices like acupuncture. These doctors will attract a range of clientele appropriate to their special interest while also operating a general practice, and some GPs will also make hospital visits as needed.
Doctors may be located in private practices owned and operated by one or more practitioners, or in larger clinics with several practitioners... purchase to read more