AMA in the News
Federal Budget 2015: Health groups kept in the dark on funding cuts, Sydney Morning Herald, 13 May 2015
Health groups have been left scrambling after the Federal Budget revealed plans to cut nearly $2 billion from the health system, but gave little detail about which programs would be cut. AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler said it was “insulting” how little information had been provided.
‘Dull budget’ doesn’t please all, The New Daily, 13 May 2015
The health system is expected to contribute a lot to savings, but detail was scarce in the 2015-16 budget. AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler said the Budget withheld detail on expected big-ticket savings.
Doctors warn of GP co-payment by stealth, Channel 7, 13 May 2015
Doctors are warning of a GP co-payment by stealth if the Federal Government doesn’t end a freeze on the Medicare rebate. AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler said there was no indication, in Tuesday’s Budget, that the freeze would end before 2018.
Budget 2015: Community sector savages small business tax cut, The Australian, 13 May 2015
The medical fraternity demanded an explanation of the Government’s plan to make savings by curbing Medicare benefits. AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler was disappointed and surprised at the prominence of the MBS review, with clear inference that this would be a budget savings exercise.
A/Prof Brian Owler, 2UE Sydney, 12 May 2015
AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler talked about the 2015 Budget. A/Professor Owler said positive Budget measures did not make up for the devastating consequences of last year’s Budget.
A/Prof Brian Owler, The World Today, 13 May 2014
AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler said a $1.7 billion cut in the Health Budget will hurt a range of schemes, including rebates for child health checks and some dental programs.
A/Prof Brian Owler, ABC News 24, 12 May 2015
AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler said the Budget does not address cuts made to health in the 2014 Budget, and there’s no indication that public hospital funding will be reinstated.
A/Prof Brian Owler, ABC News 24, 13 May 2015
AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler talked about the 2015 Health Budget. A/Professor Owler said last year he saw not only the GP co-payment introduced, but savage cuts to the public hospital system. There are no indications in the budget that cuts are going to be restored.