MBA to foot the bill for doctors’ health programs

The move, which will take effect from July this year, follows calls from major doctor groups for the MBA and AHPRA to take steps to help doctors at risk of impairment as well as potentially prosecuting them.

The MBA said the external health programs would not have a regulatory role and would instead focus on supporting and promoting doctor health – from existing registration fees.

“The board is now focused on planning what model of external health services it will fund and does not foresee the need to increase registration fees for this purpose,” MBA chair Dr Joanna Flynn said.