Commission calls for cull on indemnity help

Federal Government support for doctors' premiums should be rolled back, with the National Commission of Audit claiming the indemnity market is "normalising".

Among the commission's raft of recommended budget-savers released on Thursday is a demand to stop the Premium Support Scheme as well as the High Cost Claims Scheme.

Both were introduced in the wake of the 2002 indemnity crisis when doctors' premium costs blew out following the near collapse of United Medical Protection.

At the time, with doctors threatening to quit en masse, it averted a workforce crisis.

The commission said it acknowledge the government's role in supporting doctors.

But added: "There is strong evidence that suggests that the market is normalising ... Average premiums have reduced since 2003/04, making them more affordable and demonstrating that the industry can sustain premium

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