Prime Minister has lost doctors' support of MBS review: AMA

The Prime Minister and the Health Minister have “lost the medical profession’s support” over its  review of unnecessary MBS waste, the AMA is claiming.

The attack by AMA president Associate Professor Brian Owler comes just a day after the release of a new government discussion paper revealing the full scope of the $33 million review of MBS items.

The paper says there are concerns about the fee-for-service model because of the “financial incentives to provide more services, but little incentive to diagnose without testing, even where this is established to be best practice”.

In response Professor Owler said: “The Prime Minister and the Health Minister have ... lost the goodwill and support of the medical profession in our shared goal of a modern MBS.