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09 Jan 2020
AMA President Dr Tony Bartone spoke to Sky News about Australia's ageing population and the pressure it's putting on Australia's public hospital system.

Published: 09 Jan 2020

02 Jan 2020
Lack of transparency about what people are covered for is a major factor in Australians dropping their private health insurance, AMA President Dr Tony Bartone says.

Published: 02 Jan 2020

04 Dec 2019
AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, makes a few policy prescriptions for the ailing private health system during a debate at the National Press Club.

Published: 04 Dec 2019

30 Jul 2019

Transcript: AMA President Dr Tony Bartone, HIT101.3 Central Coast, Breakfast with Gawny and Ash Pollard, Tuesday 30 July 2019

Subject: Private Health Insurance

ASH POLLARD:        To give us the lowdown on the pros and cons of getting rid of private health [insurance], so we have on the line Tony Bartone, the President of the Australian Medical Association. Good morning, Tony.

TONY BARTONE:     Good morning to you.

Published: 30 Jul 2019

29 May 2019
Private health funds are starting to make a grab for control over patient care, AMA Vice President, Dr Chris Zappala, has warned.

Published: 29 May 2019

14 May 2019

AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said today that the major parties must commit to ensuring the long-term value of private health insurance and the sustainability of the private health sector in Australia should they be elected to form the next Government.

Dr Bartone said that the unique balance between the public and private sectors makes the Australian health system one of the best in the world.

Published: 14 May 2019

18 Mar 2019

Speaking Notes – Panel Discussion

AMA Vice President Dr Chris Zappala

Australian Private Hospitals Association (APHA) Conference

Melbourne, 18 March 2019


The AMA has supported some of the Government’s recent attempts to improve private health insurance and health literacy.

Helping people to understand what their insurance covers across insurers, policies, and clinical definitions is a step forward.

Published: 18 Mar 2019

18 Jul 2018

Transcript:   AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, Sky News, Tuesday 17 July 2018

Subject:   My Health Record, Private Health Insurance

Published: 18 Jul 2018

16 Jul 2018

Transcript:   AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, 6PR, Breakfast with Steve Mills and Basil Zempilas, Monday 16 July 2018

Subject:   Private Health Insurance

BASIL ZEMPILAS:   This story around yesterday, Millsy, the gold, silver, and bronze, and then basic level, or tiers, if you like, for health insurance to try and simplify the process so that there's no more getting caught short. I thought I was covered for that, but no I'm not.

Published: 16 Jul 2018

07 Jun 2018

AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said today that, following the intervention of the Private Health Insurance Ombudsman (PHIO), Australia’s largest private health fund, BUPA, will restore benefits to its policy holders.

In response to the PHIO intervention, BUPA will restore future access to ‘no gap’ schedules for private patients in public hospital emergency departments.

Dr Bartone said that both the PHIO announcement and the BUPA response are welcome and very important at a time of significant reform in the private health sector.

Published: 07 Jun 2018