The federal and state governments base their GP manpower policies on the assumption that there is a shortage of GPs in Australia, particularly in non-metropolitan areas.This assumption is founded on a mindset that dates from the mid-2000s when there really was a shortage of GPs in some of these areas. There is a formidable bureaucracy and powerful vested interests with a stake in preserving the shortage story. However, with a few exceptions it is wrong. This report provides the statistical basis for this assertion and explores the implications of the current GP over-servicing situation for GP manpower policy.
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