Put health front and centre of election debate, say GP bodies

With just five weeks to go, GP leaders said the focus on issues such as asylum seekers and the Gonski education reforms had created a dearth of health debate and policy detail from either major party. 

RACGP president Dr Liz Marles said with much work having been put into health reforms in recent years, funding was now needed for the benefits to be realised.

“Things have seemed to stall. If a party wants to put up policy that will significantly improve the outlook for a lot of Australians then they need to commit to getting voluntary patient enrolment happening and improved chronic disease management in primary care,” she told MO.

Dr Marles said the next government could significantly improve patient care by providing funding for INR and HbA1c point-of-care testing in general practice. 

AMA president Dr Steve Hambleton said that following a lot of recent negative debate on asylum seeker issues, the health sector