The Curely Global Medicine Series takes a look at medicine around the world. This week, we’ve connected with Dr. Benn Lancman, an Anesthesiologist in Australia. Dr. Lancman has been a practicing physician since 2007, completing his training in anesthesiology in Australia in 2014. He’s won several awards for his exam performance and research. He has a particular interest in anesthesia for neurosurgery and obstetrics, and in helping patients prepare for, and recover from surgery. He was one of the very first physicians to join Curely, which he said he was drawn to for the opportunity Curely enabled for share insight to anesthesiology in a way that can fit his busy clinical schedule.
Dr. Lancman shares that Australia is fortunate to have a system based around universal healthcare, but notes that it doesn’t eliminate barriers to visiting primary care providers for patients. Every visit usually involves an out of pocket expense, and consultations and visits are very short – often too short to get a great number of questions answered. Secondarily, distance is a challenge for those seeking healthcare in Australia. The country is the size of the continental U.S., but has a fairly small population. It can mean getting to the doctor is impractical, therefore many Australians put off care unless there is a serious issue.
Last, he mentions that emergency facilities are often highly crowded, often with non-serious issues that would best be addressed in a primary care setting. But since it can be hard for consumers to discern between care needs, they often are unsure and go directly to the emergency room as a result.
Dr. Lancman sees Curely as a means to help patients in Australia get answers to their questions, clarification they have about their health, treatments and other information. They can gain insight and information needed versus putting care and visits off until it’s serious, as well as get general advice to help determine if and what type of care they may need in the event of non-emergency/non-serious issues.
He also shares that Curely can help empower communities to take ownership of their own health, but in a way that ensures the information they’re receiving is accurate and safe. Like many doctors today, he is excited to help consumers on Curely.