Medicare Local threatens AMA

A Medicare Local is calling in the lawyers after it was accused by the AMA of wanting powers to search and seize records from GP practices.

The row has blown up over an article on a recent AMA newsletter that says Northern Adelaide Medicare Local is asking local practices to sign contracts for providing after-hours services that include "onerous" clauses on intellectual property, indemnity and allegedly clauses to "search and seize " practice records.

The AMA article says the contract "purports to impose on the practice the right for the Medicare Local to enter their premises to