Health and Wellbeing
In Australia, a general practitioner (GP) is your first point of contact for any health care service, unless it is an emergency. A GP will assess your health care needs and will determine a treatment regime. This can include prescribing medication, referring to a pathology or diagnostic centre, or referral to a specialist such as a surgeon or a consultant physician. The specialist may in turn order additional pathology or other tests, and may decide you should be admitted to hospital.
You can choose your own GP and you will be reimbursed for all or part of the GP’s fee by Medicare depending on the GP’s billing arrangements.