Government representatives and health professionals have both issued their concerns in recent days about the health of patients who are not keeping regular GP appointments and delaying regular health check-ups during the COVID-19 period.
Research shows a drop in GP visits where individuals worry they may not be safe to visit their clinic or they see their everyday health needs as less of a priority during a pandemic.
The Australian Medical Association (AMA) is urging people to keep a close watch on their ongoing health care and maintenance and to not allow the ongoing Covid-19 crisis to prevent this crucial healthcare activity.
AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said that fear and concern over COVID 19 should not make people ignore their everyday health.
“People need to continue seeing their doctor, in person or via telehealth, for existing conditions and for regular health maintenance,” Dr Bartone said.
“The AMA is very concerned that some Australians are putting off seeing their doctor or getting a test, investigation, or immunisation due to fears of contracting COVID-19.
“The COVID-19 fear is understandable, but for some people it could mean that a medical condition like cancer or heart disease will go undetected.
“The consequences of not seeing your doctor for usual care could be life-threatening for many patients.
“The failure to be able to monitor patients with existing conditions could lead to their conditions getting much worse.
It’s time to prioritise your health. Here are a few important reminders that you should consider for you and your family:
Source: https://ama.com.au/media/ama-urges-people-continue-visiting-their-doctor-usual-care 6 April 2020