AMA calls for review of Medicare Locals

With the Coalition seen as a strong chance to win the 14 September federal election, MLs are anxious about their future, following shadow health minister Peter Dutton’s labelling of the 61 bodies as wasteful bureaucracies.

In an opinion piece in MO this week, AMA president Dr Steve Hambleton wrote while his organisation had initially opposed MLs, “trying to undo all the contracts and leases and management structures would be quite complex and expensive to accomplish