The results of the AGPA survey on COVID in the Community – GP Care indicates that most GPs consider the risks to their Practices and other patients to be too high and they are too busy with the regular roles of General Practice; so they not intending to participate in the program.
352 GPs responded to the survey.
Key points from the survey are:
- What level of clinical risk would you attribute to patients with COVID compared to usual General Practice care?
- 99.9% of respondents consider that COVID patients ( when compared with usual patients) represented a very high (77.8%) or high (21%) risk.
- How supported do you feel by PHNs, State Health or the Federal Government to care for patients with COVID in the community?
- 92% of GPs felt very unsupported(60%) or unsupported (32%). Only 2% felt supported.
- How appropriate and sustainable do you think the funding for GP care of COVID Positive patients is?
- 99.4% of GPs consider the funding to be very inappropriate / unsustainable ( 93.2%) or inappropriate / unsustainable (6.3%).
- Will you be participating in care of COVID Positive+ patients in the community under this funding model?
- 88% of GPs are definitely not (68%) or probably not (20%) participating.
- Only 4% said they were definitely ( 1.2%) or probably (3.9%) participating.
- If you are not intending to participate in the roll out what are the reasons? (Choose as many answers as appropriate)
- N/A I will be participating – 2%
- Too busy with usual care – mental health, chronic disease care – 54.3%
- Too busy with COVID immunisations – 15.1%
- Need a break from providing front line care, especially mental health and chronic disease for patients during the pandemic – 21.3%
- Not economic under the funding model – 89.7%
- Not enough PPE – 70%
- No access to fit testing – 53.7%