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AMA in the News

Your AMA has been active on policy and in the media on a range of issues crucial to making our health system better. Below is a snapshot of recent media coverage.

Print/Online

AMA wants GP fee gone, Sydney Morning Herald, 19 June 2014

The AMA has demanded Tony Abbott scrap his proposed $7 GP fee, accusing the Coalition of treating health care as an ideological toy. AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler branded the proposed fee as unfair and unnecessary.

AMA cannot claim moral high ground on co-payments, The Australian, 20 June 2014

AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler has savaged the Coalition’s plan for a $7 co-payment on general practitioners, pathology, and radiology.

My children’s GP didn’t know, Sunday Mail Adelaide, 22 June 2014

The head of the Australian drug company which has developed a vaccine against a deadly strain of meningococcal has revealed a doctor was unaware of the potentially life-saving treatment. AMA Chair of General Practice Dr Brian Morton called for better methods of circulating information to GPs.     

Legalise cannabis for the ill, Adelaide Advertiser, 23 June 2014

A Greens Senator has said it is cruel to deny the ill access to medical cannabis because of the stigma associated with it. The AMA has acknowledged that cannabis may have therapeutic potential.

Doctors to meet PM on fee plan, Courier Mail, 25 June 2014

Doctors were due to meet with Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Canberra to urge the Government to dump the $7 Medicare co-payment for concession card holders and children. The AMA was set to tell Mr Abbott that he should change the co-payment because of the fear many lower socio-economic people will put off visits to their GP.

Abbott to AMA – $7 GP fee may go, Adelaide Advertiser, 26 June 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has told doctors he is prepared to compromise on the controversial $7 GP fee. AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler said the fee would prevent the chronically ill from accessing health care.

Aged care shift signals GP fee compromise, Hobart Mercury, 27 June 2014

Residents of aged care homes could be exempted from the $7 GP fee in the first sign the Government is prepared to compromise on the controversial measure. AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler said it was a good sign.

Flu drug warning ignored, Sunday Telegraph, 29 June 2014

Doctors are wrongly administering the banned Fluvax vaccine to young children, prompting health experts to call for a change in its name. AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler said the instructions on the box said ‘not for children under five’, so it was frustrating that so many have been given it.

GP anger at Woolies tests, Australian Financial Review, 2 July 2014

Two lobby groups criticised a plan by Woolworths to offer health checks to customers. AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler said there would be no access to patient history and no privacy.

Radio

A/Professor Brian Owler, 6PR Perth, 19 June 2014

AMA President Associate Professor Brian Owler talked about the health problems exacerbated by sitting down all day. A/Professor Owler said working at a computer is not conducive to a healthy lifestyle.

A/Professor Brian Owler, ABC Ballarat, 19 June 2014

AMA President Associate Professor Brian Owler discussed the GP co-payment. A/Professor Owler said the GP co-payment proposed by the Federal Government risked harming the most vulnerable and the chronically ill.

A/Professor Owler, 774 ABC Melbourne, 20 June 2014

AMA President Associate Professor Brian Owler talked about the $7 GP co-payment. A/Professor Owler said the fee also applied to pathology and diagnostic imaging services, noting that it was uncertain whether the fee would apply to each individual test or each group of tests. 

A/Professor Brian Owler, ABC NewsRadio Sydney, 25 June 2014

AMA President Associate Professor Brian Owler talked about his meeting with Prime Minister Tony Abbott regarding the $7 GP co-payment. A/Professor Owler said the Government had indicated a willingness to reconsider some aspects of the measure. 

Dr Stephen Parnis, 2HD Newcastle, 26 June 2014

AMA Vice President Dr Stephen Parnis talked about the AMA’s meeting with Prime Minister Tony Abbott about the GP co-payment. Dr Parnis said the Prime Minister is prepared to review some of the aspects of the model that have been put forward in the Budget.

Dr Brian Morton, ABC Northern Tasmania, 26 June 2014

AMA Chair of General Practice Dr Brian Morton discussed doctors in the UK voting to support a permanent ban on the sale of cigarettes to anyone born after the year of 2000. Dr Morton said it would be difficult to enforce a ban on a substance that would remain legal in other ways.

A/Professor Brian Owler, ABC NewsRadio Sydney, 1 July 2014

AMA President Associate Professor Brian Owler discussed Woolworths conducting free health checks in its stores. A/Professor Owler said it was cynical for Woolworths to be conducting health checks, given that supermarkets were stocked with unhealthy products.

Television

A/Professor Brian Owler, Sky News Australia, 25 June 2014

AMA President Associate Professor Brian Owler commented on Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s commitment to reconsider the Medicare co-payment model.

A/Professor Brian Owler, Channel 9 Perth, 1 July 2014

AMA President Associate Professor Brian Owler discussed Woolworths’ move to offer free health checks to customers. A/Professor Owler said if Woolworths was serious about health, it would not sell tobacco and promote alcohol in the way it does.

 

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