With its decision to phase out the freeze on indexation of Medicare patient rebates, the Turnbull Government is hoping it has neutralised its vulnerability on health policy, which was exposed by Labor’s ‘Mediscare’ campaign at the last election.
AMA President, Dr Michael Gannon, said the thawing of the freeze has cleared the health policy landscape – dominated since 2014 by debate over co-payments and the freeze – to allow public discussion about major issues such as public hospital funding, private health insurance, aged care, mental health, and medical training.
Dr Gannon will use his National Press Club address to outline the AMA’s priorities for health reform, and suggest the types of health policies that the major parties should take to the next election, which could be as early as next year.
Dr Michael Gannon is in his second year as Federal AMA President. He is Head of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at St John of God Subiaco Hospital in Perth.
Dr Gannon is an Obstetrician & Gynaecologist in public and private practice with an interest in medical problems in pregnancy and perinatal loss. He is the Lead Obstetrician in the Perinatal Loss Service at King Edward Memorial Hospital and the RANZCOG nominee to the WA Perinatal and Infant Mortality Committee.
He was born at St John of God Subiaco Hospital. He grew up in Perth and was educated at Guildford Grammar School and the University of Western Australia. He trained at the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin and at St Mary’s Hospital in London.