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Medical Board of Australia and AMA join forces on Doctors Health
4th May 2015: The Medical Board of Australia (the Board) and the Australian Medical Association (AMA) have joined forces on a national health program for doctors and medical students in Australia.
The Board and the AMA have signed a contract for the national delivery of health services to medical practitioners and medical students. The Board will fund the program and a subsidiary company of the AMA, Doctors Health Services Pty Limited (DHS), will ensure nationally consistent services are delivered by service providers in every State and Territory.
The Board will not be involved in the establishment or running of the services, which will:
• be nationally consistent and readily available to all doctors and medical students, no matter where they live
• combine face-to-face health-related triage, advice and referral with telephone help line and online tools and resources where appropriate.
Over time services might expand to also include resilience training and early intervention.
The Board announced in 2014 that it would establish an equitable national health program for doctors and medical students, funded within existing Board resources from registration fees paid by medical practitioners.
Click here for the full media release.
One Health System White Paper
30th March 2015: The Exposure Draft of the White paper (Exposure Draft) outlines how the State Government will reform the design of the Tasmanian health system to deliver better health services and help the state realise the vision we have for Tasmania to have the healthiest population in Australia by 2025.
The Minister said the Forward to the Paper: Tasmania’s health system is broken and needs to change. This is not about saving money, it’s about improving patient outcomes. As a result of the changes outlined in this document our health system will operate as one single state-wide system, with each hospital having an important but different role to play.
Hospitals will specialise in the procedures they are best suited to provide and patients will go to the hospital which is expert in what they need. Also, transport and accommodation support will be provided to help people who may have to travel to get the best quality healthcare. Click here for a link to the document.
Abbott dumps GP Co-Payments
This morning Finance Minister Mathias Cormann also indicated the payment would be scrapped. He said it was important though to ensure Australia had a sustainable health system into the future. “The challenge is how can we ensure all Australians have timely access to health care in a way that is sustainable for taxpayers in the long term,” Senator Cormann told ABC radio.
28th January 2015: Forums will be held across the country and in Hobart the meeting will be at the Rydges Hotel North Hobart at 11am on the 1st Feb. We welcome AMA members and non-members alike to continue to advocate for strong health policy for general practice. Please join your colleagues at the AMA Forums for General Practice. Please let us know if you intend to participate in the GP Forum by clicking here and registering.
A win at the Tasmanian Industrial Commission for Salaried Doctors
President Abey has today handed down his decision with respect to the application by the Tasmanian Salaried Medical Practitioners’ Society to vary the Medical Practitioners (Public Sector) Award. TSMPS welcomes the decision and believes it strikes the right balance between innovation and prudent financial management. TSMPS will be holding briefings to discuss the decision but please see below a brief summary of the decision. The decision is available on the link below.
President Abey has awarded salary adjustments for:
- DIT, other than Registrars 6.5%
- Registrars 8.0%
- Specialists 6.5%
to operate from the first pay period to commence on or after the date of the decision.
There is to be a revised classification structure, based largely on the TSMPS claim, including definitions prepared by TSMPS. President Abey held there was a strong case for the broad structural changes proposed by TSMPS.
President Abey proposed three additional salary points at the top of the scale to be designated as Senior Staff Specialists. President Abey agreed with the inclusion of the Private Patient Scheme allowance in salary for the purposes of calculating superannuation, as a term of the Award.
Continuing Professional Development is to move from reimbursement to an allowance, with caps on the allowance for each level. The allowance is payable pro-rata for part-time employees.
A Communications allowance of $1680 per annum, for mobile telephones, to commence on 1 April 2015.
A new ‘Hours of Work’ clause, to reflect operational realities, to operate from 1 April 2015, with further discussions relating to drafting of the TSMPS clause relating to unplanned ward rounds.
A new ‘Reasonable Notice of Roster’ clause to operate from 1 April 2015.
Part-time employees can also access Sabbatical Leave as a block and have access to the Motor Vehicle Allowance on a pro-rata basis.
The President reserved several matters which were part of the application, for further discussions, including Sabbatical Leave generally, definitions and access to the Senior Staff Specialist classification and Removal Expenses.
The President has asked the parties to convene in February to discuss the drafting of various aspects of the clauses which are to be varied.
The AMA will call a meeting of all Salaried doctors at the Royal Hobart Hospital next week, keep an eye out for notification.
Click here for a copy of the decision.
New Minister backs down on Medicare Rebate cuts
16th January 2015: AMA Tasmania president Tim Greenaway said common sense had prevailed. “We are very glad the Government has backed down and withdrawn the changes because it was a very poor piece of legislation which would have harmed patients,’’ Dr Greenaway said. But he said meetings in Hobart and Launceston on February 1 would go ahead. “We have concerns with respect to the plans the Government has signalled in relation to Medicare changes,’’ he said.
Full Mercury article Click Here.
Doctors Outraged at Medicare rebate cuts
13th January 2015: Doctors say Federal Government cuts to Medicare will put an end to bulk billing and put pressure on hospital emergency departments. From January 19 changes to the Medicare rebate will see people pay $20 more for some visits to the doctor. The rebate on a GP visit of less than 10 minutes will be cut from $37.05 to $16.95. GPs say they will not be able to absorb this shortfall and will have to pass it onto patients.
Click here for the ABC article.
Medicare Rebate cuts will put Doctors out of Business
9th January 2015:10 minute GP consultations from 19 January 2015, will see the Government cut Medicare rebates by $20 for GP consultations that take less than 10 minutes.
Today, the standard GP consultation has a Medicare rebate of $37.05. More than 25% of these consultations last less than 10 minutes. The Government will reduce the rebates for these services to $16.95 by restricting:
- Level A consultations (MBS item 3) to consultations lasting less than 10 minutes; and
- Level B consultations (MBS item 23) to consultations that last between 10 and 20 minutes.
This measure alone will take at least $500 million out of general practice in 2015. Click here for more information.