AMA's plan to steer Medicare shake-up

THE AMA is calling on doctors to unite to get fair results from an unprecedented shake-up of Medicare while urging the government to rein in radical tactics by the largest private health insurer.

AMA president Professor Brian Owler has told representatives of medical colleges and specialist associations that clinicians must take the initiative to keep the looming MBS overhaul on track.

“The medical profession must lead government and private health insurers to spend the health dollar wisely,” he said in an address to about 70 medical delegates at an agenda-setting meeting in