General practitioners (GPs) are primary caregivers and the first point of contact in the medical system. They do not require a referral and are trained in the total health care of the person. GPs provide all the care needed for about 88% of the problems they encounter. In addition, they manage patients with disease and practise secondary prevention.
The General Practice Medical Services industry is expected to generate revenue of $10.6 billion in 2012-13 (up 4.2% on 2011-12) and account for 7.0% of total health expenditure in Australia. About 130.1 million services will be provided under Medicare for non-referred attendances in 2012-13, representing about 5.7 services per capita.
This industry consists of registered medical practitioners, medical clinics and group practices. The industry also includes establishments that provide general oncologist medical services mainly on the account of government agencies or non-profit organisations.
The report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecast, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.