Primary Care - What's In It For Whom

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Primary Care - What's In It For Whom
Primary Care - What's In It For Whom

Video: Primary Care - What's In It For Whom

Video: Primary Care - What's In It For Whom
Video: What is primary health care? 2023, March

What does the new primary care bring?

Due to developments in the health sector, the World Health Organization (WHO) and modern health science recommend that European countries focus more on primary care. The federal, state and social security agencies have agreed to expand primary care and have earmarked 200 million euros for it. That is a good thing, because primary care only brings advantages for patients, doctors and communities. In Austria, primary care will therefore look like this in the future: A multi-professional team of general practitioners, qualified nursing staff and other health and social professions will take care of them - close to home, easily accessible and flexible in terms of time - to the patients.


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  • ">An overview of the benefits for patients


  • Advantages for multi-professional teams at a glance
  • Advantages for the municipality / the city / the region at a glance:
  • ">">Case studies



An overview of the benefits for patients

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  • Longer and more flexible opening times (in the evening and also on weekends)
  • Close to where you live
  • Health care through networked and multi-professional teams
  • Less duplicate paths and findings
  • Shorter waiting times
  • More specialized offers (e.g. diabetic training, nutritional advice, psychosocial support)
  • More services in health promotion and prevention

Advantages for multi-professional teams at a glance

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  • Upgrading the role of general practitioners
  • More time for the patients
  • Better work-life balance through regular working hours and teamwork in primary care units (centers or networks)
  • Family-friendly working hours
  • Modern working conditions
  • Opportunity to exchange ideas between colleagues
  • Better coordination when planning your vacation
  • More opportunities for part time
  • Possibility of start-up financing through public funds when establishing a primary care unit

Advantages for the municipality / the city / the region at a glance:

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  • Transparent and sustainable planning of health care in the regions
  • Better consideration of needs in the regions
  • Better integration of the various health offers
  • Securing general medical care in the communities
  • Increase and ensure the quality of life in the regions

Case studies

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Ms. F., 80, diabetic

Ms. F. is 80 years old, suffers from diabetes and is no longer as good on her feet. Ms. F. will also have a family doctor close by in the future. What's new is that in addition to the doctor, the primary care team also has a nutritionist and Ms. F. can get advice on diet issues in diabetes without great effort and at no additional cost. Regular care of her feet and reminders of important treatments via the appointment function also help Ms. F. to cope better with her diabetes in everyday life.

Your advantage: comprehensive support, close to home, convenient

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Mr S., 35, health conscious

Mr. S. is 35 years old = " and likes to play football - sometimes he exaggerates a little. He's injured himself several times playing with his friends every week, and he's also considering quitting smoking. In addition to the family doctor, the primary care team also has a physiotherapist. Mr S. can turn to them easily if complaints arise or if he has questions - even in the evening after work. In addition, the primary care team offers information evenings on topics such as proper nutrition or a smoke-free life. Because prevention and health promotion are central aspects of primary care in Austria.

Its advantage: supportive, informative, accompanying

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Family K., 2 children

The whole family is well looked after. Because the primary care team also has a pediatrician who is dedicated to the problems of the little ones. Breastfeeding counseling is also offered, which the mother can visit with the baby, while the father has the older daughter checked to see whether the otitis media has healed well. Even during pregnancy, the family could benefit from midwifery advice in the event of uncertainties and questions. So big and small are well looked after.

Their advantage: quick, integrated and uncomplicated

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Miss Dr. in M., general practitioner

Miss Dr. in M. is a general practitioner in the country and on duty around the clock for her patients every day. In the evening she makes house calls; Finding vacation replacements for your ordination is difficult. In the future, Dr. in M. in a primary care team. She can consult with her colleagues and has a substitute if she is sick or on vacation. She can organize her working hours more flexibly and also take a little bit of time when she needs relaxation. There is also more time for the family, because teamwork has finally given them more family-friendly working hours.

Your advantage: networked, teamwork and family-friendly

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Ms. Z., mayor

Ms. Z. is the mayor of a small community. The family doctor will retire in a few years and Ms. Z is worried about the time after that. A primary care network is being set up so that care is also guaranteed in the future. Working in a team with experienced colleagues, a position in such a network is particularly interesting for young general practitioners who have previously gained experience as part of their practical training. Working in a team and cooperating with other health professions (e.g. therapists, nursing staff) not only ensure that there is still general medical care close to home, but also enable a more comprehensive range of health services for the community.

Your advantage: secures supply, more service, reliable

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