Medibank denies cutting fees for profits

The company that was paid $1.3 billion to deliver healthcare to 80,000 defence personnel says it is not generating profits by reducing fees paid to doctors.

Medibank Private has been at the centre of a stoush with the AMA over its attempts to recruit specialists to provide off-base medical care as part of the four-year deal with the Department of Defence.

The AMA claims hundreds of doctors — including anaesthetist and orthopaedic surgeons — are refusing to sign the contracts because of cuts in the fee