Is the AMA 'civil war' just a fight about money?

A can of worms has been opened as a result of AMA Victoria's membership drive

Is civil war brewing within the AMA? There are claims the fighting has already begun.

Dr Stephen Parnis
Dr Stephen Parnis.

Last year, the Victorian branch began offering what, on the surface, looked benign.  This was its “associate” membership package to encourage doctors to join.

The selling point was that it was cheap — 40% less than the fee for full AMA membership.