“The Government, led by Health Minister Ley, must first scrap the Medicare rebate freeze, reverse the cuts to pathology and medical imaging bulk billing incentives, and properly fund public hospitals,” Dr Gannon said.
“Having admitted that health worked against the Government in the election, the Prime Minister must also take an active role in setting a new health policy direction for the Coalition.
“I have already had preliminary talks with the Prime Minister about the way forward in health.
“A renewed commitment to prevention must be at the centre of the Government’s fresh approach to health, along with stronger support for primary care, especially through general practice.”
Dr Gannon said the AMA shares the Government’s view that health care funding into the future must be sustainable, and would welcome close collaboration to ensure universal access to quality health services for all Australians for the long term.
“The Government must consult closely with the whole health sector in the development of new health policies and the reshaping of existing policies to ensure better outcomes.
“The key to good health policy is talking to the doctors and other health professionals who work in the health system every day looking after patients and hearing their concerns.
“The AMA looks forward to working with Minister Ley on policies that deliver quality affordable health services,” Dr Gannon said.
The AMA congratulates Dr David Gillespie on his appointment as Assistant Minister for Rural Health.
18 July 2016
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