Half of GPs surveyed for new report say patients’ psychological problems the issue causing them most concern for future

Australians are seeing their doctor to discuss mental health ailments more than any other issue, according to a new report by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

The college’s 2018 Health of the Nation report, released on Wednesday, also noted increasing out-of-pocket costs for patients and raised some concerns about bulk-billing rates, despite the federal government saying there was now a record number of Australians visiting their doctor without having to pay a cent.

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Mental health is a level of psychological well-being, or an absence of a mental disorder; it is the "psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment".

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