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BREAKING – Health Minister announces the Government will not proceed with Monday’s MBS changes to Level A + B rebates

Health Minister Sussan Ley has announced that the Government will not proceed with Monday’s rebate and time descriptor changes to Level A + B general practice consultations.

“We are thrilled with this announcement, it was a poorly conceived fiscal policy and was extremely damaging to the long-term viability of general practice,” AMA Victoria President, Dr Tony Bartone said.

“The AMA has tirelessly lobbied the Government to amend their proposed Medicare changes.

“Today’s announcement cements the importance and influence of the AMA – the peak body representing doctors.

“We will continue to work closely with Minister Ley as she has not withdrawn the 1 July changes – a 13.5% rebate reduction for the standard Level B GP consult or the 4 year indexation freeze – these policies must also be scrapped. It will be impossible to run a GP practice in 2018 on below-par 2014 rates.

“It is telling that Minister Ley explicitly stated that she will “engage, consult and talk to the sector”. This is fundamental and has been absent in all of the Government’s co-payment and Medicare proposals thus far,” Dr Bartone said.

Download the letter sent by AMA Federal President, A/Prof Brian Owler to Prime Minister Tony Abbott about the lack of GP consultation prior to announcement of these proposed changes. 

More details about the announcement in this article published by The Age.

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