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Doctors to Turnbull: Hospitals need injection of cash

DOCTORS have again called on the Turnbull government to scrap its Medicare rebate freeze and abandon pathology cuts.

The Australian Medical Association's budget submission released Monday also called for more funding for hospitals.

AMA president Professor Brian Owler said hospital funding, about $30 billion of which state governments have repeatedly urged be reinstated, was the "No. 1 priority".

But he said the combination of cuts to hospitals, pathology, radiology funding and long-term freezes on the Medicare rebate paid to GPs compounded the problem.

"We see the states as managers of their hospital system but they can't do a job, a reasonable job, doing that unless they actually have adequate resources to do it," he told ABC Radio.

Despite government claims the health budget was "unsustainable", Prof Owler said it made up about 16% of the total budget, down from more than 18% in 2006-07.

Topics:  ama budget malcolm turnbull medical


Good changes to ANZAC service at Tewantin

ANZAC DAY: The  honour guard at the Tewantin Anzac Day dawn service.

Tewantin Noosa RSL Dawn Service will be done differently this year.

What's on: Brisbane

LEST WE FORGET: We can all pay our respects by attending an Anzac Day event.

Services are being held in your region so you can pay your respects.

The Trumpet Calls - WWI Tribute at museum

VALUED MEMORABILIA: Daphne Heaton holding the plaque issued to Private Roberts' family following his death in 1918. The personalised plaque, often referred to as the "Dead Man's Penny", was issued to next-of-kin of all service personnel who were killed as a result of the war.

The Nambour Museum is located at 18 Mitchell Street, Nambour.