Tasmania's health system has many challenges - it's often described as broken and not working at its best for patients.
While those who work in the profession are doing the best they can, the design of the system, along with systemic problems such as ramping, GP access, bed block and bulk billing bring down the reputation across the whole system in Tasmania.
The pages of this masthead often contain stories about the problems facing the sector, and one thing that comes up often is GP access for Tasmanians.
However, that access may be alleviated somewhat after the latest round of general practitioners complete their specialist training. About 34 doctors in Tasmania began their training this week and will undergo intensive training in general practices all around Tasmania to help them finish the final part of their training.
GP access has long been a problem in Tasmania, and the injection of 34 extra doctors into the system will be welcome.
However, there is more that can be done on a sector level, to help keep, attract and retain these doctors once they complete training. Access to GPs will go some way to stemming challenges faced by Tasmania's three hospitals, by providing alternative care options.
However, it's not just access to a GP that is placing undue pressure on hospitals, but a lack of affordable care.
Changes to the Medicare bulk-billing conditions means more Tasmanians are required to pay more for their GP visit, so while more GPs is one part of the solution, it will not be a silver bullet.
Tasmanians are often cited as being sicker and poorer than the rest of the country, and they have more complex health needs.
Which is why more action is required on a state and federal level, to ensure there is adequate and affordable access to GPs.
It's clear our hospitals are at breaking point - and while these baby steps are welcome news in a world where the health system is plagued with negative press, it's an opportune moment to examine how the system could be better and work for all Tasmanians.