CE on SBS highlights limited healthcare accessibility

Thursday, 18 April 2024
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In recent SBS reports about deaths due to prescription medication and challenges of accessing emergency services, Alliance Chief Executive Susi Tegen pointed out that overdose deaths are consistently higher in regional areas than in metropolitan centres.

“It is difficult for patients to access clinicians. For a clinician, it's difficult to cover the running costs of a practice if you're just receiving Medicare funding or grant funding,” said Ms Tegen.

“We are hoping that in the Budget there will be some changes because we cannot sustain running practices - or multidisciplinary clinics in rural and remote Australia.

“There is a massive underspend of health care in rural, remote and regional Australia. That is partly because of the maldistribution of the health workforce, and that significantly contributes to the low mortality rate,” she added.

In another SBS episode, Ms Tegen highlighted the challenges of access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people as they rather be on country rather than be away in cities to access health care.

"The Aboriginal people do not want to come into hospital, because they know that generally they do not return from there, and they want to be on country.”

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