Call for funds to manage pain

AML Alliance chair Dr Arn Sprogis said the 61 Medicare Locals (MLs) were “ideally placed” to coordinate services for people with chronic pain, and shifting coordination to MLs could save billions of dollars in health spending.

“There is currently no dedicated funding for pain management in this country,” Dr Sprogis said.

“The flexible funding through Medicare Locals helps to some extent to resource the rollout of pain programs but more is needed. Additional