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Mental health continues to be the most common reason patients visit their GP

Last September, the RACGP released the third edition of General Practice: Health of the Nation 2019. The report reveals facts and trends in Australian general practice, shining a light on its strengths and focus areas, as well as on aspects that require further policy action.

For the third consecutive year, psychological issues, such as depression, mood disorders and anxiety, continue to be the most common reason why patients visit their GP. The report also reveals that Medicare remains an important health policy issue for GPs, further highlighting that rebates for the treatment of mental illnesses are lower than the rebates for physical illnesses.

Read the full Health of the Nation report.