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30 Jan 2020

The AMA is calling on the Federal Government to significantly increase recurrent spending on health to properly meet current and future demand for quality care and services in the Australian health system.

Releasing the AMA’s Pre-Budget submission for the 2020-21 Federal Budget, AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said today that the AMA wants the Government to lift spending from its current level of 9.3 per cent to a level in line with comparable countries.

Published: 30 Jan 2020

02 Apr 2019


AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said tonight that the Government’s Budget announcements have set up a genuine health policy competition for the upcoming election.

“The Health Minister, Greg Hunt, has listened closely to the AMA and delivered a strong Health Budget, with a particular emphasis on primary care, led by general practice,” Dr Bartone said.

Published: 02 Apr 2019

11 May 2018

With Bill Shorten’s Budget reply speech last night, the Opposition has ensured that health policy will be at the heart of the next election, as it should be.

AMA President, Dr Michael Gannon, said today that Labor’s pledge of $2.8 billion in new funding for more public hospital beds and shorter surgery wait times responds directly to the series of AMA Public Hospital Report Cards and our comments on public hospital funding on Budget night.

Published: 11 May 2018

09 May 2018

Transcript:   AMA President, Dr Michael Gannon, ABC Radio Great Southern, with Christine Layton, Wednesday 9 May 2018

Subject:  Budget savings measures and the doctor workforce changes

CHRISTINE LAYTON:   We're joined by Dr Michael Gannon, President of the Australian Medical Association. He is live from Canberra. Good morning, Dr Gannon.

MICHAEL GANNON:   Good morning where you are.

Published: 09 May 2018

08 May 2018
The Federal Budget is notable as much as for what is not in it as for what is, AMA President Dr Michael Gannon says.

Published: 08 May 2018

30 Jan 2018

AMA President, Dr Michael Gannon, said today that the Productivity Commission Report on Government Services 2018 provides further confirmation that general practice is the most efficient and cost effective part of the Australian health system.

Dr Gannon said the quality and productivity of Australia’s GPs is up with the best in the world.

“The Productivity Commission Report is compelling evidence that the Government must provide greater investment and support for general practice,” Dr Gannon said.

Published: 30 Jan 2018

13 Dec 2017

The AMA has released its pre-Budget submission, which sets out a range of practical, achievable, and affordable policies and recommendations for meaningful health reform.

Published: 13 Dec 2017

09 May 2017

The Federal Budget does not contain everything the AMA had hoped for, but it does show a Minister who has recognised past faults and is willing to engage with the health sector, AMA President Dr Michael Gannon says.

Published: 09 May 2017

08 May 2017

Ahead of the 2017 Budget, the AMA calls for an end to the Medicare freeze and greater investment in health.

Published: 08 May 2017

24 Jan 2017
The AMA has always been reluctant to call for a rise in the Medicare levy, as that perpetuates the myth that the levy pays for the Health budget. But if the Government is contemplating a rise in the levy in the May Federal Budget, all the funds raised should go to health care, AMA President Dr Michael Gannon says.

Published: 24 Jan 2017