How to Find a Melbourne Medical Specialist and Avoid Long Hospital Waiting Times to see Specialist Doctors
MELBOURNE, Australia September 2014 – Victorian hospital outpatients were being forced to wait up to four years for appointments with specialist doctors, health figures revealed in 2010.* And despite state government promises to reign in the waiting times since the statistics were exposed, patients are still waiting months for an initial specialist consultation.
According to the Australian Medical Association, which has long campaigned for the publication and public release of thorough and accurate outpatient data, the extensive hospital waiting times through Victorian hospitals means that patient lives are being put at risk.**
In a snapshot of the original data for outpatient care, the average wait for a new appointment at Royal Children’s Hospital was 275 days. A Bendigo Health patient also reported waiting 1493 days for an appointment with an ear, nose and throat medical specialist, and a Royal Melbourne Hospital patient waited 1,204 days for a neurology outpatient appointment.
I Need A Specialist (INAS) owner and director Darren Lemin, says the difficultly patients experience to find a Melbourne medical specialist faster is not uncommon. “Not only is it unhealthy for the patient’s wellbeing to sit for so long on a hospital waiting list, it’s entirely unnecessary. There are many specialist doctors available to take care of patients’ needs, but a lot of people aren’t aware there’s another option to waiting several months.
“Many people who live in rural Australia don’t have access to specialist care. We provide our services to these areas, particularly, to those who have difficulty getting to medical specialists and those who live in rural and remote areas.” www.ineedaspecialist.com.au
INAS gives patients a choice for medical specialists, knowing that their waiting time will be dramatically reduced with some patients waiting less than 2 weeks for an appointment.. The company also makes it easier for leading Australian healthcare specialists to connect with new patients and grow their business.
“I Need A Specialist looks out for your family, your health and your choice. Some of our specialists use Telehealth, which aims to remove some of the barriers to accessing medical services for Australians. With Telehealth, the GP and patient are able to have a video conferencing consultation without the patient leaving their home town,” says Darren. www.ineedaspecialist.com.au
INAS has pushed down patient waiting times for specialist doctors to only 1-14 days. Patients seeking appointments with GP-referred medical specialists who used to wait up to 6 months now only have a wait of up to two weeks.
INAS patient Beryl, from Echuca says, “It was suggested by a friend that I contact you to see if you could help me find a specific specialist. Living in a country town you don’t always know where to ascertain the information you require. Thank you for guiding me and assisting me with an appointment. I was unaware we even had this service in Echuca.”
Discover how to find a Melbourne medical specialist faster and easier, and reduce hospital waiting times at www.ineedaspecialist.com.au.
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