AMA argues aged care report lacks focus

THE AMA has criticised the Productivity Commission’s draft report, Caring for Older Australians, arguing that it puts too little focus on medical care for the elderly.

AMA president Dr Andrew Pesce said ongoing access to medical care was given low priority and little urgency in the Commission’s recommendations to the Federal Government. 

“As a community, we need to put more humanity into the aged care debate,” Dr Pesce said.

The AMA has renewed its calls for the Government to increase MBS rebates for aged care, improve aged care accreditation arrangements and provide financial support to allow aged care providers to enter into arrangements with medical practitioners.