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AMA sends pre-budget submission on health reforms

The Australian Medical Association has today submitted a pre-budget plan to improve national policy and ensure health reforms are successful throughout 2018 and 2019.

President Dr Michael Gannon said the pre-budget submission covered a range of topics, including but not limited to general practice, public hospitals, private health insurance, the Medicare Benefits Schedule, mental health, the NDIS and aged care.

“The next budget provides the government with the perfect opportunity to reveal its health reform vision and articulate clearly how it will be funded,” he said.

“The conditions are ripe for a new round of significant and meaningful health reform, underpinned by secure, stable and sufficient long-term funding to ensure the best possible health outcomes for the Australian population.

“There is no doubt, as shown at the last federal election, that health policy is a guaranteed vote winner … or vote loser.

“Our submission sets out a range of policies and recommendations that are practical, achievable and affordable; they will make a difference and we urge the government to adopt them in the budget process.

Main areas of consideration include the review of the Medicare Benefits Schedule, a new direction for private health insurance and the lift of the Medicare freeze.

To read the full AMA pre-budget submission click here.

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