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“Scrap the Cap” - GPs and ongoing medical training

AMA Victoria strongly opposes the Federal Government’s decision to impose a $2000 cap on tax deductions for work-related self-education expenses.

Each year, Australian doctors are required to undertake extensive training and education courses in order to still be registered and eligible to practise medicine. These compulsory education and training courses often cost significantly more than $2000 per annum.

With Family Doctor Week in mind, the AMA is concerned that this policy will have a negative effect on primary care. With Australia’s ageing population, GPs are increasingly treating patients who have complex illnesses and comorbidities. It is vital that GPs are encouraged to attend additional training courses each year in order to learn new and innovative models of care.

“The Government’s CPD tax cap will affect all doctors. It is clearly not in the public interest as this will create a disincentive for doctors to pursue specialised and ongoing medical training” AMA Victoria President Dr Stephen Parnis said today.

This policy will unfairly impact on doctors and standards of patient care, and it blatantly ignores the high costs of ongoing medical training. The AMA, and many other professional bodies, implores the Government to reverse this policy.

17 July 2013

For further information or to arrange an interview please contact:

Felicity Ryan
Australian Medical Association Victoria
Media & Public Affairs
Telephone: (03) 9280 8753
Mobile: 0437 450 506

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