General Practitioners Do Their Job Poorly

Melissa Gordon | October 20 2004

The question is whether this is just immaturity or healthcare providers keeping costs down by threatening doctors. An eight-month study by the University of Adelaide basically says that doctors take the best care of people most like themselves-rich, educated men. The poor uneducated men at the highest risk for heart disease are prescribed less drugs and have less testing done, although their communication skills may be part of the problem as well. Poor women have it a little better, probably because the doctors judge them less on their fiscal status and they communicate better.

Doctors are obviously not being professional, nor are they relating the facts to their day to day practice. That’s not surprising but it’s definitely an indication that poorer men need to stick up for themselves more and be aware of that they are in the highest risk group for heart disease.

References & Resources:
"Poor men, GPs don't care" By Jeremy Roberts
March 01, 2004
The Australian News

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