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Grassroots lobbyist

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AMA member, Dr Colin Farquharson, a GP from Kempsey, NSW, was visiting Canberra recently and paid a visit to AMA House.

Dr Farquharson has been in regular contact with the Federal AMA since the May Budget to share his thoughts on the terrible impact the Government’s proposed GP co-payment model would have on his practice and his patients.

Colin has become a busy grassroots lobbyist on the issue by raising his concerns with local Coalition politicians, including the Assistant Minister for Employment and Member for Cowper, the Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP, and the Member for Lyne, Dr David Gillespie MP.

He says that many of his patients are elderly, poor, or Indigenous, and that they would be hit hardest by the proposed co-payment.

Colin also does visits to residential aged care patients, and says collecting the co-payment would be unworkable and totally inappropriate.

Dr Farquharson and his rural practice exemplify the need for the AMA’s ongoing campaign against the Government’s proposals.

John Flannery

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