AUSTRALIA’S urgent care crisis is growing, and the Australian Health Practitioners Association says it has issued a warning to the nation.
The association says more than 300,000 patients are not receiving urgent care in the first three months of 2018, and there are only about 25,000 beds available in the country.
“This has been a massive financial burden to our economy,” AHPOA President Stephen Hillman said.
“We’ve had to borrow more than $20 billion to build new hospital beds.”
The costs have also increased dramatically and it’s only getting worse.
“Mr Hillman says the problem is now worse than ever.”
I’ve been to the US recently where the problem was worse than the situation here in Australia,” he said.
Mr Hillmen says if there’s a shortage of beds, it’s going to be even worse than in Australia.”
If you have an acute shortage of emergency beds, you have a serious problem.
“So, I don’t think we’ve got time to waste in our urgent care emergency care system.”
Mr Johnson is still waiting for a bed to open.
“You know, it used to be a pretty big problem in Australia, but now it’s even bigger than it was before,” he says.
“It’s the only place I can go in Australia that has access to an urgent care bed.”
They’ve had this kind of emergency for a while now, but it’s just been getting worse and worse.”AHA president Stephen Hillmark says the crisis is a major national concern.”
Australians are struggling to find a bed at a time when there’s an increasing number of patients being rushed into hospitals and urgent care beds are desperately short,” Mr Hillmark said.
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