The false promise of GP super clinics, part 1: preventive care


This is the first of a pair of policy monographs entitled The False Promise of GP Super Clinics, Part 1: Preventive Care, and Part 2: Coordinated Care. These monographs examine the evidence base and assumptions of four key health policy areas. Each of these areas is widely considered to be pertinent to whether the Medicare system will be sustainable into the twenty-first century, given the demands of the ageing of Australia’s population, the rising chronic disease burden, and the anticipated acceleration of health costs in coming decades.

Together, these monographs find that while Super Clinics are promoted as an effective method of addressing the major challenges facing the Australian health system, the evidence strongly suggests that Super Clinics will not, as has been promised, prevent ‘lifestyle disease,’ lower health costs, or take the pressure off hospitals.

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