If you have a loved one who has been diagnosed with a chronic illness, you may have heard of and may be wondering about GP management plans. What are they? How do they work? Who prepares them? In this article, we will answer some of the most common questions patients and their families have about GP management plans.
What is a GP management plan?
GP, of course, refers to a general practitioner. A GP management plan or GP health care plan is a document that outlines the care and treatment a patient will receive from their GP for a specific condition. It is developed by the GP in consultation with the patient and considers the patient’s medical history, current health status, and treatment goals.
How does it work?
The GP management plan sets out the agreed-upon course of action for managing the patient’s condition. This may include lifestyle changes, medication, referrals to specialists or other health professionals, and regular check-ups. The plan is reviewed regularly to ensure that it still meets the patient’s needs and can be updated as necessary.
What is a GP management plan review?
A GP management plan review is a meeting between the GP and the patient (and caregivers if applicable) to discuss the progress of the management plan. This is an opportunity to ask questions, make changes to the plan and ensure that it still meets the patient’s needs. So, make sure that you, as the patient, make the most out of it.
Who can qualify for a GP management plan?
Patients with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, and asthma can qualify for a GP management plan.
How much does this plan cost?
You really don’t have to worry much because Medicare covers the cost of GP management plans for patients with chronic illnesses. This means that there is no out-of-pocket cost for the patient.
What is a team care arrangement, and how does it differ from a GP management plan?
A team care arrangement is similar to a GP management plan in that it outlines the care and treatment a patient will receive from their GP for a specific condition.
However, a team care arrangement also includes input from other health professionals, such as physiotherapists, dietitians, and psychologists. Team care arrangements are typically used for patients with more complex needs.
A GP health care plan is a helpful tool for patients with chronic illnesses and certainly benefits them and their families. This plan can improve communication between patients and their GPs, ensure that patients receive comprehensive care for their condition, and help patients to manage their own health better.
If you have any questions about GP management plans, be sure to talk to your trusted general practitioner about them. They will be able to provide you with more information and answer any specific questions that you may have.