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South Morang Father’s Single-Handed Crusade to Slash Patient Waiting Lists and Revolutionise Australia’s Ailing Health Care System



Emergency Departments across Victoria, and indeed Australia, are buckling under the weight of an oversupply of patients and an undersupply of specialists, with patients now waiting, on average, 3 months for an initial appointment with a specialist.

Even patients with private health insurance often face lengthy wait times for their chosen specialist inside a healthcare model that is getting sicker and sicker each year.

One local South Morang Father who has seen first hand the pain and grief extended wait times can have on patients has taken it upon himself to mount a crusade to shake up the healthcare system and offer patients direct access to specialists.

“Often patients don’t realise that they can make an appointment directly with a healthcare specialist,” explains Darren Lemin, Founder and CEO of the ground-breaking new service, ineedaspecialist.com.au

“Even patients without private health insurance, can make appointments with private specialist. There is just no need to wait, and once patients realise this, it can be a huge relief for them – especially if their health condition is serious,” Darren explains.

According to a report released by the Expert Panel on Waiting List Management in Victoria (1): 

·      *Almost 80,000 patients were waiting for an initial specialist clinic appointment

·      *The median wait time across all health services and specialities was 114 days

·      *The median wait time for allergy clinics was 273 days or almost nine months

Mr Lemin and his team knew there had to be a better way to connect patients with Australia’s leading healthcare specialists and thus avoid the wait, but grew tired of waiting for the various health ministers to implement a workable system.

“Patients are tired of hearing various government departments pointing the finger at each other – all the while the waiting lists grow longer.”

“What patients really want is a decent system that gives them fast access to qualified specialists without all the red tape, and that’s what we’ve developed with the site ineedaspecialist.com.au – a place where patients can link directly with specialists who are ready, willing and more than able to provide excellent quality healthcare in the shortest time frame possible.  Surely, all Victorians deserve access to this,” says Darren.

More information can be found at www.ineedaspecialist.com.au

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About ineedaspecialist.com.au

www.ineedaspecialist.com.au offerspatients a real choice. Born from a need to gather Australia’s top specialists into the one online community, INAS makes it easier for patients to find the specialist of their choice and avoid the lengthy wait for specialist healthcare.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Sheridyn Morgan, Marketing Manager, www.ineedaspecialist.com.au

Mobile: 0439 102 292 E-mail: Sheridyn@ineedaspecialist.com.au

[1] http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases/6791-report-gives-a-first-ever-