Cheap fees for senior docs could mean hike for the rest

THE Medical Board of Australia (MBA) has warned that any proposal offering cheaper registration for senior doctors could raise fees for all other medical practitioners.

An MBA spokeswoman said a reduction in fees for senior doctors, as outlined in a proposal from the Australian Doctors’ Fund (ADF) for a new Senior Active registration category, would have “implications for the fees paid by the rest of the profession”.

The confirmation comes as more than 150 doctors voted almost unanimously in favour of the creation of a new optional category of registration for doctors older than 55 years of age, to encourage them to stay involved in their profession.

The meeting, held yesterday, initiated by the ADF follows ongoing concern among the profession regarding the rights of senior doctors who wish to remain engaged with the profession as they reach retirement.

The motion put to the meeting called on all health ministers