11Dec

AMA (NSW) President: report shows a health system in a critical condition

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AMA (NSW) President, Dr Kean-Seng Lim, says the latest Hospital Quarterly report from the Bureau of Health Information shows a health system in a critical condition. “This is the second time this year we’ve set an all-time record for the number of emergency department presentations in NSW. “It’s the third time this year we’ve seen […]
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04Dec

Vote by Government and Senator Lambie on Medevac is a betrayal of people in need

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AMA (NSW) President, Dr Kean-Seng Lim, says the Federal Government’s vote to repeal the medevac laws and Senator Jacqui Lambie’s support are deeply unfair to people in need. “The medevac laws were there to ensure that very sick asylum seekers, who could not get the care they needed in offshore detention, were able to access […]
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28Nov

Decision to scrap lock out laws sends the wrong signal

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AMA (NSW) President, Dr Kean-Seng Lim says the NSW Government’s decision to lift lock out laws in Sydney’s CBD and Oxford Street is deeply disappointing. “These measures have been extremely effective in reducing alcohol-related violence,” he says. “The decision to scrap them sends a signal to the community that having a so-called vibrant nightlife means […]
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26Nov

AMA (NSW) President: doctors not to blame for private health insurance woes

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AMA (NSW) President, Dr Kean-Seng Lim, says Dr Stephen Duckett’s criticism of medical doctors as contributing to the problem of high private health insurance premiums is flawed. “The amounts of money paid to doctors by private health insurers are not related to how much doctors charge. “If a doctor charges a larger or smaller amount, […]
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23Oct

Treasury cap on health spending defiant of reality and short-sighted

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AMA (NSW) President, Dr Kean-Seng Lim, says a demand from Treasury that $252 million be saved on health spending is at odds with the massive growth in demand hospitals are seeing. “We know from the Government’s own record-keeping in the Bureau of Health Information, that demand for hospital services is rapidly increasing. “We also know […]
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03Oct

Skin cancer apps and gizmos are no substitute for seeing a doctor

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AMA (NSW) President, Dr Kean-Seng Lim, says people should be seeing their doctor if they’re worried about skin lesions, not using a costly app. “People living in Australia are at an elevated risk of developing skin cancer and we all should be vigilant about looking for changes in our skin. “However, if you are concerned […]
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11Sep

Another record quarter sees 750,000 emergency presentations

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Unprecedented demand is seeing hospital performance measures slide as hospitals try to deal with a patient load they were never built for, AMA (NSW) President, Dr Kean-Seng Lim said. “Almost a fifth of the population of NSW has effectively been through the doors of the State’s public hospitals’ emergency departments in the first half of […]
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23Aug

AMA (NSW) Vice President: blaming public hospitals masks the real issues

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Framing public hospitals as profit-seeking and predatory is just a way of deflecting blame when the real problem is complicated and difficult to solve, says AMA (NSW) Vice President, Dr Danielle McMullen. “It’s no secret that people can use their private health cover in public hospitals in NSW. “In fact, the private health insurers sell […]
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07Aug

Unfounded fearmongering on abortion puts women and doctors at risk

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AMA (NSW) is concerned the objective of the Reproductive Healthcare Reform Bill risks being derailed by unfounded fearmongering on abortion. The aim of the Bill was always to keep things for doctors and patients as they are now, with the only major difference being that abortion would be free of the stigma of being on […]
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28Jul

AMA (NSW) President welcomes bill to decriminalise abortion in NSW

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AMA (NSW) welcomes the announcement of the introduction of the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill to decriminalise abortion.   NSW is the last state in Australia to decriminalise abortion and this has placed the women and doctors here under a different and stigmatised legal arrangement to other states.  AMA (NSW) has previously recognised that the retention […]
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