The increase in the number of visits to the doctor’s in 2013 came about as a result of last year’s flu epidemic, the ageing population and the economic crisis.
Herman Moeremans of the Flemish General Practioner’s Syndicate told the papers that "The success of general practice is linked to the relationship of trust that can be built up between doctor and patient.”
"However, as result of high number of consultations, the risk is real that we will have less time to spend on each patient”, Mr Moermans added.
The increase in the number of visits to GPs also has cost implications for the Federal Sickness and Invalidity Security Office Riziv.
Riziv’s Marc Van Ranst calls on the next Federal Government look closely at which aspects of health care can be made more efficient. “For years now, everyone has been in agreement that things can’t go on like this, but no one has really done anything about it.”