The AMA (WA) wishes to thank all doctors who completed our recent survey, Imminent Changes to HBF health insurance. The survey results have been used to support AMA (WA) advocacy, which has resulted in HBF reviewing and actively addressing the unintended consequences of changes to patient rebates, and the closure of its Limited Surgical Items List, scheduled to be implemented in mid-2022.
More than 470 doctors responded to the AMA (WA) survey. Of them 68 per cent thought there would be a negative impact for private practice as a result of the proposed changes and 77 per cent believed that the changes would negatively impact patients. HBF has welcomed the engagement with the AMA (WA), and is working to address the issues and concerns we have raised.
There are a number of existing concerns the AMA (WA) has in relation to changes to the ‘known gap’ scheme, and we will continue to strongly oppose any change which seeks to dismantle systems that provide value for doctors, hospitals and most importantly, patients. We will continue to work collaboratively with HBF to support the positive development of services and schemes that deliver safe and effective patient care, and a thriving private health system in WA.
Look out for more information on the survey results in the upcoming edition of Medicus.