New AMA president in co-payment stoush

The AMA's new president has vowed to continue the battle against the Federal Government's co-payment plans.

Associate Professor Brian Owler was elected on Sunday morning after fighting off a challenge from AMA vice-president Dr Geoff Dobb.

The face of the NSW Government's road safety campaign, Professor Owler said his first priority was to discuss with government the AMA's concerns about patient co-payments.

However he stressed the AMA does not object in principle to patients paying to see their GP.

He dismissed the