No evidence for scrapping Medicare Locals: ML body

Australian Medicare Local Alliance CEO Sean Rooney told MO there was no evidence provided to support the findings of the report by former chief medical officer Professor John Horvath. 

“The recommendations are at odds with what you would expect in good practice in organised primary healthcare because they’re moving from a localised model to a more regionalised one – removing it from communities,” he said.

Mr Rooney also challenged claims that GP had been excluded, saying that in regular surveys of members, including GPs, high levels of satisfaction were reported. 

The report to Health Minister Peter Dutton said the 61 organisations should be regrouped into a much smaller number of larger bodies with better efficiencies of scale, to be known as Primary Health Organisations (PHOs). 

It said the AML Alliance should be scrapped, recommending the government not fund a national alliance for PHOs.