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I have long argued that out-of-hours care is dependent on 3 needs: 1) the perceived need - the desire to have somebody available to attend to you should you become unwell. This person should preferably be somebody acquainted with your own health needs. The problem is that this need seldom arises and is a significant burden on your regular health provider; 2) the real need - this is the requirement to be seen in a life-or-death situation OOH - and frankly this is an emergency not a GP service and why we have emergency departments at hospitals; and 3) the need to be needed - the vain belief that somehow we stand between our patients and oblivion. The truth is that we seldom do. I hear the same heroic stories from the same people - oft repeated to justify the ongoing existence of the service. The truth is that OOH is actually about convenience and not about need. Government is simply pandering to the desire for convenience of the population to garner votes - and when it proves to be too expensive to justify its existence they will simply blame the providers. It is a global phenomenon. The problem isn't the providers, it is the public expectation and lack of consideration. Pandering to expectation only increases cost and expectation, perpetuating a cycle that is inevitably unsustainable. GG David, well played.

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08 Jan 2016

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