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.
Plan for chemists to give vaccines, Adelaide Advertiser, 14 March 2014
Health Minister Peter Dutton is considering paying chemists to provide health services such as vaccinations. AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton said pharmacists should not pretend to provide medical care, “that’s what doctors do”.
AMA warns on health screening, Sunday Age, 16 March 2014
AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton launched an attack on health screening services, labelling them a scam targeting the “worried well”, charging up to $200 for scans in local RSLs, churches and scout halls.
Let’s do a deal, Courier Mail, 18 March 2014
Public hospital doctors are on the verge of striking a deal with the State Government in their long-running dispute over contracts. AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton was optimistic a deal was close.
Kiss of life for doctor deal, Courier Mail, 18 March 2014
The public hospital doctors’ contract dispute was on the brink of resolution after a major breakthrough. AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton said no one wanted to see further damage to the Queensland health system.
Swallow this, Courier Mail, 19 March 2014
Health Minister Lawrence Springborg made an eleventh hour bid to sway doctors over public hospital contracts by agreeing to legislative changes to contracts. AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton said the proposed law changes were a strong signal the government wanted to rebuild its relationship with senior doctors.
Secret plan to slash bulk billing, Australian Financial Review, 21 March 2014
The newspaper revealed a Health Department plan to means test bulk billing for GP visits and charge an extra $5 for prescriptions, delivering an estimated $2 billion saving.
AMA Chair of General Practice Dr Brian Morton warned GPs could abandon bulk billing en mass if such changes were implemented.
Insurer bid to pay for GP care, Adelaide Advertiser, 21 March 2014
Health fund premiums are likely to rise if insurers are allowed to cover GP care. While cautious about the proposal, the AMA has backed the idea of working with private insurers, a position Health Minister Peter Dutton has welcomed.
If doctors quit, we’ll get more, Courier Mail, 21 March 2014
The Queensland Government has threatened to hire doctors from interstate and oversease to replace those who quit their public hospital jobs over the doctor contract dispute. Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation President Dr Tony Sara joined AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton in dismissing the solution as out of touch with the reality of recruiting overseas trained doctors.
Diagnosing some ill will, MX Brisbane, 21 March 2014
The AMA said that Queensland Premier Campbell Newman inflamed an industrial dispute with senior public hospital medical staff by threatening to hire doctors from interstate and overseas. AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton said the Association was “trying to put this thing back together”.
Flying shame of doctor do-little, Sunday Mail Brisbane, 23 March 2014
More than 20 Queensland doctors were found to be on non-compliant contracts in an audit of 150 doctors in one of Queensland’s Hospital and Health Service areas. AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton said the non-compliant contracts were a damning indictment on the management structure of Queensland Health.
Dr Steve Hambleton, 2UE Sydney, 16 March 2014
AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton discussed health screening services. He said if patients had a health concern, they should see their family GP and have targeted screening for their problem.
Dr Steve Hambleton, ABC Far North, 18 March 2014
AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton talked about meetings being held to discuss the controversial Queensland hospital contracts. He said discussions with the Queensland Government had shown progress.
Dr Steve Hambleton, 4BC Brisbane, 19 March 2014
AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton said more than 1000 Queensland doctors had voted to reject the latest offer from the Queensland Government on contracts. He said he wanted to see the issue resolved, and would continue to talk to the Government to get a good outcome.
Dr Steve Hambleton, 891 Adelaide, 20 March 2014
AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton discussed the Federal Government’s plans to change the way chemists are paid to dispense generic drugs. He said it was important that consumers and the Federal Government receive the benefits of generic drug discounts.
Dr Steve Hambleton, 4BC Brisbane, 21 March 2014
AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton talked about the conflict between public hospital doctors and the Newman Government over individual contracts. He said the contracts on offer from the Government were one-sided and unfair, and could be interpreted in a way that was unsafe for patients.
Dr Steve Hambleton, Channel 10, 12 March 2014
AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton discussed hospitals preparing for a flu epidemic. He said pregnant women and those with chronic disease were particularly vulnerable.
Dr Steve Hambleton, Channel 7, 21 March 2014
AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton talked about the conflict between public hospital doctors and the Newman Government over individual contracts. He said there was still a chance the dispute could be resolved.