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AMA in the News – 1 July 2013

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 Work fit for GPs treated as emergency, West Australian, 17 June 2013 AMA Vice President Professor Geoffrey Dobb said there was a higher percentage of GP type injuries at emergency departments in remote areas where patients might not have access to a GP. Be prepared to pay extra, Daily Telegraph, 19 June 2013 Government health spending increased an extra 5 per cent from last year, but the AMA estimates that inflation in the health system is at about 7 per cent, and the additional funding will not meet the needs of the health sector. Spirited debate, Adelaide Advertiser, 19 June 2013 The AMA said alcohol consumption during the first trimester could be risky for the foetus. Past President Dr Andrew Pesce said it was women who drink less often and in lesser amounts who should be monitored for their alcohol intake. Tax cap a barrier to extra study, Adelaide Advertiser, 26 June 2013AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton said the $2000 limit on how much people could claim on tax for work-related study expenses would undermine education and quality health care. Radio Dr Brian Morton, 666 ABC Canberra, 20 June 2013Dr Brian Morton discussed widespread hand, foot and mouth disease. A strain of the disease has caused several deaths in NSW. Professor Geoffrey Dobb, 5AA Adelaide, 22 June 2013AMA Vice President Professor Geoffrey Dobb accused the Gillard Government of wasting obscene amounts of money on the $600 million GP Super Clinics program, with many clinics built in areas where they were not needed and others being put in marginal electorates. Television Dr Hambleton, ABC News 24 Sydney, 17 June 2013Hard-core gym junkies outnumber heroin and amphetamine users, and are introducing steroids into their daily routine. The AMA is concerned that younger people are turning to steroid use.