Patients will pay for wage increase: AMA

The ombudsman last week announced the 2.6% increase would be applied from next month.

AMA president Dr Steve Hambleton said the rise was just the latest additional cost to practices already facing increased overheads following recent budget measures, including changes to staff superannuation entitlements and an eight-month freeze on already “inadequate” MBS rebates.

Dr Hambleton said the measure placed further pressure on practices to pass on additional costs, meaning patients would end up paying more for access to their doctors.

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