A GP in Queensland has gone to the lengths of inventing his own equipment to save money.
Key points:A GP in South Australia says he’s using a 3D printer to print a pair of orthoticsHe says it will be cheaper to operate than running a GP’s officeA GP has created a new way to get the orthotics he needs to treat patients.
The GP says the orthotic cost of running a primary care practice is around $1.5 million a year.
“I’m doing it on my own time and I don’t want to spend it on an office.”
It’s cheaper than I need to be spending it,” Dr Scott Wilson said.”
If I had to run a primary doctor’s office, I’d have a couple of hundred thousand dollars worth of equipment, but I’m doing this because I have to, and I think it’s the right thing to do.
“Dr Wilson has used 3D printers to print orthotics to treat his patients for minor injuries.
He said his orthotics would be cheaper than running GP offices.”
You can do a lot more in terms of your patient’s care and that’s what’s really important to me,” Dr Wilson said, adding that he would like to be able to work at home in the future.
Dr Wilson said he would be able make the necessary modifications to his office equipment without going through the cost of a GP.
He’s been using 3D printing technology to print out orthotics for almost a year, with no trouble finding the material.”
When I look at a 3d printer I can just look at the screen, and the printing takes a few seconds, it’s super quick, so it’s a matter of the software, it doesn’t need to have a lot of knowledge of the machine,” Dr Russell said.
Dr Russell said he’s now printing orthotics at home.”
So, I’ll be able do that in the near future,” he said.
Topics:health,gPs-and-medical-professionals,grievous-diseases-other,health-policy,community-and,gma,nswFirst posted September 28, 2018 15:55:46Contact Luke HugginsMore stories from South Australia