Minister Ley must set new direction for health policy in second term

21 Jul 2016

The AMA has congratulated Sussan Ley on being re-appointed as Health Minister in the Turnbull Government. AMA President, Dr Michael Gannon, said that Ms Ley’s experience in the portfolio, and the lessons learned from the election, will help her lead a new direction for Coalition health policy in the Government’s second term.

“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. 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.

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