AMA calls for aged care rebate overhaul

The AMA president says mandatory minimum staff-to-resident ratios are also key to improving care in the sector

The rebates for GPs to visit nursing homes need to rise by at least $28 to compensate for time spent finding parking and dealing with red tape, the AMA says.

Dr Tony Bartone
AMA president Dr Tony Bartone.

AMA president Dr Tony Bartone has described the day-to-day ordeal of visiting an aged care facility, which can often result in GPs wasting an hour before seeing their first patient.

Each subsequent patient seen would then