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AMA SUPPORTS PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION ENQUIRY

The AMA strongly supports Independent Clark MHR Andrew Wilkie's call for the Productivity Commission enquiry into Tasmania's health system.

AMA spokesperson, General Practitioner Dr John Saul, said today, "the health budget consumes almost a third of Tasmania's entire budget, so it's critical this money is being spent in a way that ensures all Tasmanians have access to the right care, at the right place, at the right time."

22 NOV 2019

SHOW US THE MONEY, MINISTER.

AMA Tasmania notes the news of Health Minister Sarah Courtney’s urgent meeting held with Departmental and Royal Hobart Hospital leadership last night as a positive sign that the Minister is stepping in and taking control.

20 NOV 2019

SPEECH TO THE AMA TASMANIA PARLIAMENTARY DINNER HOBART TUESDAY 29 OCTOBER 2019 AMA PRESIDENT PROFESSOR JOHN BURGESS

SPEECH TO THE AMA TASMANIA PARLIAMENTARY DINNER HOBART
TUESDAY 29 OCTOBER 2019
AMA PRESIDENT PROFESSOR JOHN BURGESS


JOHN BURGESS: Madam Speaker, the Honourable Sue Hickey, I would like to thank you for hosting this - the 12th annual AMA Parliamentary Dinner. What a magnificent opportunity for all of us who are so committed to improving the health of Tasmanians; to come together.

7 NOV 2019

BUDGET CUTS IMPACT FRONT LINE STAFF AND PATIENT CARE

Thursday 10 October 2019

BUDGET CUTS IMPACT FRONTLINE STAFF AND PATIENT CARE

AMA Tasmania says the $11.7 million budget cut confirmed yesterday by Treasurer, Peter Gutwein will impact frontline staff and affect patient care unless it is immediately reinvested back into frontline services.

AMA Tasmania Vice-President Dr John Davis added that while there are always better and more efficient ways to deliver services, the Tasmanian health system cannot afford any measures that take money out of the system.

10 OCT 2019

Addressing intergenerational health disparities:  The -1 to 5 Healthy Start Agenda

 

The AMA recognises that many factors impact a child’s health and wellbeing. In particular, a healthy start to life commencing with parental health pre-conception through to age 5years, fundamentally impacts every person’s lifelong health and wellbeing prospects. Many of the factors impacting the -1 to 5 years of life are influenced by the family, community and access to government services. 

1 OCT 2019

HOSPITAL BUDGET CUTS WILL CAUSE CATASTROPHIC DAMAGE

The AMA is perplexed at the comments of the Treasurer, Peter Gutwein about the impending cuts to  hospitals budgets.

Vice-President Dr John Davis said “If one thing about the problems in health is clear, it’s that cutting hospital budgets in the current climate would be the height of stupidity. There is simply no room for cuts to hospitals without causing catastrophic damage to already over stretched services.”

30 JUL 2019

Sting in the tail of private health cover

There is nothing worse for a patient than having paid private health insurance only to be left with a large out of pocket expense at the end of his or her episode of care. “Beware of specialists’ hidden fees” (3 July), pointed the finger at doctors’ fees as being the problem, but it failed to address the reluctance of private health insurers to be open and transparent about their rebate fee structure.

10 JUL 2019