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dc.contributor.authorPearce-Brown, Carmen L
dc.contributor.authorGrealish, Laurie
dc.contributor.authorMcRae, Ian S
dc.contributor.authorDouglas, Kirsty A
dc.contributor.authorYen, Laurann E
dc.contributor.authorWells, Robert W
dc.contributor.authorWareham, Susan
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T16:08:44Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T16:08:44Z
dc.date.issued2011
dc.date.modified2014-04-03T03:58:10Z
dc.identifier.issn1448-7527
dc.identifier.doi10.1071/PY10029
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/57794
dc.description.abstractMultidisciplinary approaches to primary health care improve outcomes for individuals living with chronic conditions. However, emerging evidence suggests access to allied health professionals in Australia is problematic. This paper reports findings of a telephone survey of allied health professionals' billing practices in one urban area. The survey was undertaken as a quality improvement project in response to the affordability queries raised by patients and carers in the clinical setting. The aim was to determine financial cost of access to allied health professionals in one urban primary health care setting. Participant practices included: physiotherapy (n = 21), podiatry (n = 8) and dietitians (n = 3). Fees were variable, with cost of the initial (assessment) appointment higher than subsequent (follow-up) appointments in 92% of practices. The average out of pocket expenses for assessment and three follow-up appointments ranged from $258 to $302. When available, the Medicare rebate reduced this to $58-106. Bulk billing was not offered. Variable costs, minimal concessions and absence of bulk billing in this confined geographical area creates a cost barrier to access for patients from lower socioeconomic groups and has implications for access to multidisciplinary care in Australian primary health care.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.description.publicationstatusYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherCSIRO Publishing
dc.publisher.placeAustralia
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationN
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom131
dc.relation.ispartofpageto134
dc.relation.ispartofissue2
dc.relation.ispartofjournalAustralian Journal of Primary Health
dc.relation.ispartofvolume17
dc.rights.retentionY
dc.subject.fieldofresearchBiomedical and clinical sciences
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPrimary health care
dc.subject.fieldofresearchHuman society
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPsychology
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode32
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode420319
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode44
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode52
dc.titleA local study of costs for private allied health in Australian primary health care: variability and policy implications
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.date.issued2011
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorGrealish, Laurie A.


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