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.
Warning over two-tier GP visits, Sun Herald, 8 June 2014
An Abbott Government push to allow private health insurers to cover GP visits would create a US-style two tier health system and drive up doctors’ fees. AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler said it would be a fundamental change in the way that general practice is funded.
Co-payments may hit nursing homes, Sunday Age, 8 June 2014
Doctors groups are worried the already small number of GPs who visit nursing homes to see patients will drop even further when the government implements its planned GP co-payment. AMA Chair of General Practice Dr Brian Morton said only 20 per cent of Australia’s GPs currently made trips to nursing homes.
SA just snack away from being fattest, Adelaide Advertiser, 12 June 2014
South Australia is close to edging out Queensland to become the fattest Australian state. AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler said more needed to be done to help people manage weight problems and associated chronic illnesses.
New hit to the cost of health, Adelaide Advertiser, 13 June 2014
Patients will have to pay up to $1000 upfront for medical imaging such as CAT scans, MRIs and X-rays as a result of a hidden budget blow. AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler said there was a danger patients may put off diagnostic imaging tests if the costs are too high.
Doctors’ group accuses Canberra of treating healthcare as ‘an ideological toy’, Age, 19 June 2014
The AMA has demanded Tony Abbott scrap his proposed $7 GP fee. AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler branded the proposed fee as unfair and unnecessary and said it deserved to be voted down in the Senate.
Move it or die, Courier Mail, 19 June 2014
Australians are working themselves to death by just sitting behind their desks. AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler said physical inactivity was killing Australians, and that employers had to encourage their staff to move throughout the day.
Medical co-payment belongs on scrap heap, The Age, 19 June 2014
The health measures in the federal budget are almost universally opposed by the people who provide health services in Australia. AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler said the health of Australians was too important for health care to be an ideological toy.
Dr Stephen Parnis, 666 ABC Canberra, 10 June 2014
AMA Vice President Dr Stephen Parnis discussed a report on a medical trial in the US which is pushing the ethical boundaries between prolonging life and death. Dr Parnis said the ethics of the procedure were questionable, as patients were unable to opt out.
Dr Brian Morton, 2UE Sydney, 12 June 2014
AMA Chair of General Practice Dr Brian Morton discussed a study which shows only one in four people leave hospital with the best combination of medicine, lifestyle advice, and referrals for rehabilitation. Dr Morton said there were great outcomes in the Australian health system, but there was a need to add “polish” to it.
A/Professor Owler, 5AA Adelaide, 13 June 2014
AMA President Associate Professor Brian Owler talked about COAG Reform Council’s health review. A/Professor Owler said the rate of smoking and heart attacks was decreasing, and obesity was a major issue in SA.
A/Professor Brian Owler, 4BC Brisbane, 13 June 2014
AMA President Associate Professor Brian Owler talked about doctor concerns that patients will put off medical tests because of cost. A/Professor Owler said the proposed Budget co-payments did not just affect GP visits, but also pathology and diagnostic imaging services.
A/Professor Brian Owler, Channel 10 Sydney, 8 June 2014
AMA President Associate Professor Brian Owler talked about the health system, warned of the risk it would head toward a harsher, US-style two-tiered system.
A/Professor Brian Owler, SBS Sydney, 10 June 2014
AMA President Associate Professor Brian Owler discussed calls for a new national approach to the problem of alcohol abuse. A/Professor Owler said it was not just about violence on city streets, but also domestic violence and child neglect.
A/Professor Brian Owler, Channel 10, 12 June 2014
AMA President Associate Professor Brian Owler discussed the COAG Reform Council report. A/Professor Owler explained Australians imagined themselves as active, but the report painted a different picture.