Doctors spared rego fee hike

Doctors will not face hikes in their registration fees despite the Medical Board of Australia announcing it will fund health programs to support impaired doctors.

The board's announcement after a two-month consultation could mean the current hotchpotch of health services set up for impaired doctors in different states and territories would be replaced or revamped.

They range from little more than telephone helplines through to the Victorian Doctor's Health Program, which develops individual management plans for doctors and co-ordinates their treatment in an attempt to get them back into practice.

"We are committed to establishing a health program for doctors, separate from the board's regulatory function, that ... is accessible fairly to doctors in Australia, wherever they live," Dr Joanna