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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.

Print/Online

Changes put glaucoma patients at risk, Sydney Morning Herald, 13 July 2013
The AMA said people with common eye diseases risk devastating consequences if doctors lose control of treatment and diagnosis.

Health panel for detention centres: AMA, Ninemsn News, 17uly 2013
AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton said the health of asylum seekers was a humanitarian issue and should not be caught up in politics. 

GP visit a $100 headache, Adelaide Advertiser, 17 July 2013

The cost of a visit to the doctor and a prescription medicine is now $100 as the value of Medicare rebate erodes. AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton said inadequate MBS indexation and the freeze on MBS indexation means the Government is shifting costs to patients. 

AMA lashes government over refugees, The Australian Financial Review, 18 July 2013
In a speech at the National Press Club, AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton criticised the government’s inability to oversee the health of asylum seekers kept offshore and called for an independent medical panel to report on health services available in immigration detention centres.

Health push looks to prevention, The Australian, 18 July 2013
The Government will be encouraging Australians to commit to a regular GP or medical clinic in a plan to move away from public hospitals. AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton said the parties’ health policies should be judged on whether they are a genuine health reform or politically opportunistic short-term changes.

Call to put phone down on script authority line, 6 Minutes, 19 July 2013
The AMA has renewed its call to dump PBS authority scripts. AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton said waiting for a Department of Human Services bureaucrat to answer the phone was just a waste of time for what ended up being unnecessary red tape.

Seniors facing stop sign, Sunday Herald Sun, 21 July 2013
Victoria is the only state without compulsory restrictions for older drivers. AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton said the biggest concerns were with elderly drivers whose vision was impaired and who lacked the strength and coordination to control their vehicles.
 

Radio

Dr Steve Hambleton, 666 ABC Canberra, 15 July 2013

AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton discussed a scam targeting health services around the country and said he wants to alert his members so they can avoid false charges.

Dr John Davis – AMA, 936 ABC Hobart, 16 July 2013

AMA Tasmania President Dr John Davis discussed the Australian Medical Association’s Family Doctor Week.

AMA, 2SM Sydney, 17 July 2013
The AMA has called on the Government to properly index the Medicare rebate to reflect the true cost of medical care.

Dr Steve Hambleton, 5AA Adelaide, 17 July 2013

AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton said the Medicare rebate has not been indexed to the rising cost of living and wages so more costs are being shifted on to patients

AMA, 2SM Sydney, 17 July 2013

The AMA has called on the Government to properly index the Medicare rebate to reflect the true cost of medical care.

Dr Steve Hambleton, Triple J, 17 July 2013

AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton commented on reports that students are using the drug Modafinil around exam time. Dr Hambleton said there are side-effects from using the medication.

Dr Steve Hambleton, ABC NewsRadio, 17 July 2013

Dr Hambleton discussed the health of asylum seekers.

Dr Steve Hambleton, 2CC, 18 July 2013

AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton  discussed his address to the National Press Club. In reference to asylum seekers, he said when Australia takes responsibility for any group of people it is important to provide them with adequate care.

TV

AMA, ABC1 Sydney, 15 July 2013

Report on the mistreatment of elderly people in many Australian nursing homes. The AMA said there are not enough doctors to visit residents.

Dr Steve Hambleton, ABC1 Sydney, 17 July 2013

AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton discussed the key health issues for the Federal election. He said polls indicated voters are focused on the economy, health and education.

Dr Steve Hambleton, ABC News 24, 17 July 2013

AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton called for monitoring of the health of asylum seekers in detention. He said the Commonwealth Ombudsman and Australian Human Rights Commissioner do inspections but their understanding does not extend to health. 

Dr Steve Hambleton, ABC1 Canberra, 17 July 2013

Refugee claims are set to be processed at the Manus Island detention centre for the first time. AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton said more needs to be done to address the health of asylum seekers.

Dr Steve Hambleton, SBS Sydney, 17 July 2013

Less than 24 hours after the deaths of four asylum seekers, another nearby boat was reported to be in distress. AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton called for an independent panel to investigate and monitor asylum seeker health.

Dr Steve Hambleton, Channel 10 Brisbane, 22 July 2013AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton  said health was one of the issues voters should be concerned about.

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