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18 Apr 2019

In a move to highlight the importance of GP-led primary health care as a priority health issue in the current Federal election, the AMA is today supplying its GP members with resources to help them lobby their local election candidates at the grassroots level.

The AMA has put primary health care at the top of its election policy wish list, and is calling on the major parties to roll out further significant funding promises for general practice and Australia’s hardworking GPs.


Published: 18 Apr 2019

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

06 Mar 2019

AMA President, Tony Bartone, today slammed a new ‘strategic partnership’ between Bupa, one of Australia’s largest health insurers, and TerryWhite Chemmart pharmacies as an attack on general practice that could lead to patients receiving inappropriate primary health care and advice.

The new partnership claims to offer Bupa customers ‘a range of health services and benefits’ and ‘a health app aimed at providing significant value and personalised care’.


Published: 06 Mar 2019

01 Feb 2019

PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION REPORT BACKS AMA CALL FOR IMPROVED GENERAL PRACTICE INVESTMENT

 

The latest Productivity Commission Report, showing that GPs are providing high-quality, cost-effective care for their patients, backs up the AMA’s Pre-Budget Submission call for more investment into general practice.

The Commission’s Report on Government Services, released this week, found that, in 2017-18, almost 37,000 GPs provided around 160.3 million Medicare services to patients around Australia.


Published: 01 Feb 2019

29 Nov 2018

The AMA has made a submission to the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing on the proposed new National Maternity Services Strategy.

AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said today that the AMA is adamant that national maternity services must use a collaborative care model that is led by obstetricians or general practice obstetricians.

Dr Bartone said that best-practice maternity care in the 21st century is provided by a multi-disciplinary team of health professionals.


Published: 29 Nov 2018

13 Sep 2018

The AMA has helped broker the National Terms and Conditions for the Employment of Registrars (NTCER) for many years.

The NTCER is intended to establish a fair and sustainable basis of employment between practices and GP registrars to support an appropriate education and training environment.

The NTCER is the result of negotiations and agreement between General Practice Registrars Australia (GPRA) and GP Supervisors Australia (GPSA), which have traditionally taken place every two years. The AMA has played the role of honest broker in these discussions.


Published: 13 Sep 2018

16 Aug 2018

Transcript:   AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, Doorstop, Parliament House, Canberra, Thursday 16 August 2018

Subjects:  AIHW Report on out-of-pocket-costs

 


QUESTION:   Dr Bartone, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released a report today showing on one hand that the Government's [indistinct] bulk billing rates are at record high [indistinct] Australians are out-of-pocket. What's your take on this report?


Published: 16 Aug 2018

16 Aug 2018

Figures released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) show the impact that several years of freezing Medicare patient rebates have had on the cost of providing health care, AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said today.

Dr Bartone, a GP, said that general practice remains a highly accessible part of the health system, with a relatively small number of patients delaying visits to a GP due to cost.

“However, the Medicare rebate has failed to keep up with the increasing costs of providing medical services,” Dr Bartone said.


Published: 16 Aug 2018

28 Jul 2018

AMA FAMILY DOCTOR WEEK, 22- 28 July 2018

Your Family Doctor: Here for you


With one in two Australians reported as having at least one chronic condition, it has never been more important to seek your family doctor’s help to coordinate your care, AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone said today.

“Family Doctor Week is a time to highlight how your GP is here for you and your family, and management of chronic disease is an important part of your ongoing health care,” Dr Bartone, a GP in Melbourne, said.


Published: 28 Jul 2018

27 Jul 2018

FAMILY DOCTORS – HELPING YOU MAINTAIN THE AGE

AMA FAMILY DOCTOR WEEK, 22- 28 July 2018

Your Family Doctor: Here for you


Australians are living longer, and greater numbers are living to very high ages.


Published: 27 Jul 2018

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