Why work as a GP in Australia?
12th July 2017 | Why Australia?
There are many reasons why general practice in Australia is a better experience than working as a GP in the UK. As a GP in Australia, the benefits are huge, but not just financially. With the NHS coming under increasing strain, there is no better time to consider a job as a GP in Australia.
Working as a GP in Australia – the workload
As a GP in Australia, you’re in control of your workload. There is no “10 minute appointment” rule – GPs see patients on a next come / next served basis, in theory you take as long as is needed for each patient. In practice though, you are likely to see 4 to 4.5 patients per hour. So between 12.5 to 15 mins per patient, depending on complexity the presenting symptoms and the age of the patient.
While GP practices in the UK have a relatively fixed income, via the capitation system, Australian GP practices depend solely on the income generated from each patient visit. This income is split between the GP and the practice – typically in the ratio of 65% /35% or 70% / 30% in the GPs favour. There is no “list” in the UK sense, so the more patients that come into the surgery, the more income generated – for both the practice & the GPs. Clinics also try to provide more services which attract a fee or Medicare rebate – such as radiology, physio, minor surgery etc. Visit our ‘what do GPs earn?’ page to find out more on billing.
How does getting paid as a GP in Australia compare to the UK?
GP to patient relationship
In the UK, GPs face increasing demands without extra resources and this is to creating rationing of GP services – and leading to general dissatisfaction by both patients and GPs. In Australia, the very nature of the way in which GP practices are funded, means that this does not happen – though GPs do have to spend more time building and developing their individual list of patients.