‘Hands off Medicare’, AMA tells government

AMA president Dr Steve Hambleton said today that pre-budget speculation was rife regarding a government plan to either freeze indexation of the MBS or limit access to Medicare safety nets through either means testing or higher thresholds.

Such plans, he said, would constitute a “callous raid” on patient funding.

Dr Hambleton said the rumoured measures would ultimately drive up out-of-pocket expenses for patients, with doctors forced to charge higher fees to ensure their services remained viable.

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