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25 Nov 2014

The Federal Government’s Budget cuts to Medicare rebates and hospital funding have been panned at a meeting of international health leaders amid warnings that governments worldwide need to invest in health in order to drive economic prosperity.

In the latest assault on the Abbott Government’s strategy to pare back Commonwealth spending and load more health care costs onto patients and doctors, experts addressing the H20 International Health Summit in Melbourne warned inadequate funding for health undermined a country’s growth potential.

The Summit, convened by the World Medical Association in collaboration with the federal AMA and AMA Victoria, was organised to help elevate health as an issue for major world leaders, including forcing it onto the agenda of the G20.

health, thrust upon the community such as we have seen with the blunt $7 co-payment proposal,” AMA President said. “If we want to get wise investment in health, then we need to have a process of collaboration and consultation for general practice. Engagement with clinicians is key. It can’t be token.”

Adrian Rollins



Published: 25 Nov 2014