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Regional health needs targeted intervention

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There are obvious and well-understood reasons why rural Australians often receive poorer health care than those in the cities: a shortage of health professionals, longer waiting times, a lack of health infrastructure, and the tyranny of distance.

These may be explanations, but they should not be used as excuses. Avoidable catastrophic failures in regional hospitals are sadly common: Graeme Reeves, the so-called Butcher of Bega; Emil Gayed in NSW, Jayant Patel in Bundaberg, the appalling births crisis in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria.

The sad fact is many of this country's medical scandals disproportionately occur in the regions, as this week's ABC........

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