The document is a summary of the major health issues that the AMA considers must be addressed by the major parties during the election campaign and into the next term of government, whichever party wins.
The AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, stated when he released the document that health policy will be a vital factor in the outcome of the 2019 Federal Election. Dr Bartone was quoted, “health policy influence votes at every election, and doctors are very good judges of health policy.”
The report outlines the key issues in health to be:
- General Practice and primary care;
- Public hospitals;
- A futureproofed Medicare;
- Medical care for older Australians;
- Private health;
- Diagnostic imaging;
- Task substitution;
- Mental health;
- Asylum seeker and refugee health;
- Climate change and health;
- Indigenous health;
- Rural health;
- Medical workforce; and
- Supporting GP training
With special emphasis on ensuring the next government to renew its commitment to prevention. Stating in their report that as a nation, more needs to be done to educate people to adjust their lifestyles to improve their health. Requiring a nationally-coordinated education and information programs, and cooperation and coordination across all levels of government.
The AMA is the most influential membership organisation representing registered medical practitioners and medical students of Australia. The body will urge the major parties to adopt the policies and recommendations outlined in the document.
The full report can be found on the Official AMA Website (www.ama.com.au)