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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

Could be mixed blessings, MX Brisbane, 21 November 2014

A study indicates a dash of Red Bull with your vodka could reduce your chance of having too wild a night out. AMA Vice President Dr Stephen Parnis said he was sceptical of these findings.

Fund’s sneaky cuts cost market punters, Adelaide Advertiser, 26 November 2014

Medibank members have profited on the stock market but if they use their health insurance they will now be hundreds of dollars out of pocket as a result of a secret cut to benefits. AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler attacked the fund over the changes.

Split opens on GP tax contradictions, The Age, 28 November 2014

Divisions within the Federal Cabinet over Budget policy versus political strategy have raised speculation of tensions between Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Treasurer Joe Hockey. The AMA called on the government to make a clear statement on whether it had shelved or was still pursuing the GP co-payment.

GP payment is still alive, Northern Territory News, 28 November 2014

The Government’s strategy on its controversial $7 GP fee is in complete disarray, with the senior officials on Wednesday night briefing journalists it was dead only to have ministers back the policy. AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler described the Health Minister Peter Dutton as being petulant for refusing to acknowledge the fee lacks the support of the Parliament, the population, or the profession.

Botched concept, Australian Financial Review, 28 November 2014

The Government lacked a firm vision of what it wanted when it launched its radical Medicare co-payment. AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler said the final form of the co-payment was a nasty surprise.

Abbott faces $1.3b Budget hit as medicine price hike bid stalls, Northern Territory News, 1 December 2014

Health Minister Peter Dutton has argued the price hike for subsidised prescription medicines is necessary because health costs are rising. AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler said this claim was wrong.

Radio

A/Professor Brian Owler, 4BC Brisbane, 24 November 2014

AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler talked about Queensland Government plans to extend smoking bans. A/Professor Owler said they should do so because smoking rates were too high and thousands of people were still dying of lung cancer.

Dr Stephen Parnis, ABC Riverina, 25 November 2015

AMA Vice President Dr Stephen Parnis talked about GPs often being the first point of contact in recognising and reporting domestic violence. Dr Parnis said GPs were well suited for the role, as they had the training, expertise, ethics, confidentiality and trust of the patient.

A/Professor Brian Owler, 5AA Adelaide, 26 November 2014

AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler talked about the Government’s move to abandon the GP co-payment policy as part of the Government’s effort to knock off the barnacles.

A/Professor Brian Owler, 2UE Sydney, 27 November 2014

AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler discussed the Federal Budget and how a number of journalists were briefed that Tony Abbott would drop the GP co-payment. AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler said the Government’s proposal should have been dealt with a lot sooner and that they should be focusing on investing in general practice.

A/Professor Brian Owler, 666 ABC Canberra, 27 November 2014

AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler talked about the confusion over the Government’s decision to dump the GP co-payment and the unclear impact the decision would have on the Medical Research Future Fund.

A/Professor Brian Owler, 891 ABC Adelaide, 27 November 2014

AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler discussed the Medical Research Future Fund. A/Professor Owler said the AMA is supportive of the fund, but opposed linking it to the Medicare co-payment as a cynical ploy.

Dr Stephen Parnis, Radio National, 28 November 2014

AMA Vice President Dr Stephen Parnis talked about a new report revealing high rates of self-harm and suicide among Australian children and teenagers. Dr Parnis said 90 per cent of cases do not come to the attention of doctors.

A/Professor Brian Owler, Radio National, 28 November 2014

AMA President A/Prof Brian Owler discussed the confusion surrounding the Federal Government’s Budget policy to charge a $7 GP co-payment. A/Professor Owler accused Health Minister Peter Dutton of being petulant in his refusal to dump the policy.

Television

A/Professor Brian Owler, ABC News 24, 27 November 2014

AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler talked about the Government shelving the GP co-payment. A/Professor Owler said if the GP co-payment was shelved, there could be discussions on chronic disease management, prevention, and investing in general practice to increase quality of care.

A/Professor Brian Owler, Sky News Sydney, 27 November 2014

AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler discussed the likely decision from the Federal Government to dump the $7 GP co-payment. A/Professor Owler said the AMA was not against the idea of a co-payment, but could not support the proposal put forward by the Government.

A/Professor Brian Owler, Sky News Sydney, 4 December 2014

AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler talked about reports of a deal between the Federal Government and Clive Palmer to scrap bulk billing incentives for GPs. 

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