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Medical Education in Australia Embroiled in Scandals

by Medindia Content Team on July 21, 2006 at 6:47 PM
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Medical Education in Australia Embroiled in Scandals

Medical education in Australia is getting caught in a number of issues which is corrupting the system, AMA has sounded a wake up call. This coupled with dwindling numbers of health workers, has left very little to be desired in the field of healthcare education.

Australian Medical Association president Dr Mukesh aikerwal said "There is a very real potential that parents and students will borrow, scrimp and save in order to fund a $200,000-plus medical degree. If these students find that on graduation there are no intern positions available, it will be one of the greatest scandals in medical education."

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In his estimate, the time spent to seek approval for prescriptions, from Medicare Australia, could be effectively channelised by the GP's to offer nearly 1.3 million consultations. Instead of transforming General practice into a coveted profession, the reputation stands marred by misadministration. Now, it is evident that many GP's prefer to work part time and there are very few who opt for a career in General Practice. In totality, Doctors are overworked, frustrated and demoralized with the medical administration.

The remedy to win back the medical system would be to enable funds and provide better learning opportunities to general practioners. Doctors should be compensated with an extra financial bonus for contributing their mite in the rural areas. The doctors who are ready to retire should be motivated to stay on with incentives. Trained specialists who are working in God forsaken areas should be provided free healthcare and education for families.

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