We had the same GP for close to 20 years. Sadly, he decided to move to another state. Same with our dentist. Another long term relationship. We still have him! Our GP's are becoming in short supply now, and you need to make an appointment well in advance most times. We have a universal healthcare system here: Medicare. It's available to all Australian citizens. Each employee pays a percentage of their gross income to Medicare through our taxation sysyem, (called the Medicare levy). If you choose to also have private health insurance on top of medicare, that's entirely a personal choice. You only need private health insurance if you wish to be treated in a private hospital.
No person is ever denied health care in our public hospitals. Regardless of their status, income, race, religion etc etc etc.
Therefore I'm a bit surprised that this article claims 15 percent state "its' difficult to obtain care", here in Australia. I'd be interested to know where those people live and why they hold this view.
An American man visiting here a couple of years ago was blown away and HUGELY impressed, with the care, treatment, hospitality, folllow-up, expediency etc etc which he received when he became seriously ill during his holiday here. He and his wife couldn't say enough about the magnificent health care we have in Australia and the way in which they were treated and cared for. AND .... all in the PUBLIC hospital system! He couldn't believe he wasn't asked about money! Money wasn't even mentioned! I'm guessing some kind of arrangement was worked out to pay something towards his treatment, maybe he had travel insurance? But, he was treated first! NO questions asked. No money spoken of! They were featured in a big newspaper article with photos included. While for us here in Oz, it was no big deal, to those Americans, it was HUGE! They both said that America could learn some lessons from Australia.
Personally, having both worked in the health profession, and been a consumer of it, I'm convinced we have THE best health care in the world!
Best health care, AND best health care system.
But you need to know, I'm AWFULLY biased! I'm a PASSIONATE Aussie!