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  • Rural internet as useful as a blunt chainsaw

    17 May 2016
    As a long time rural internet user, I was shocked when going online in Hong Kong last December. No time was wasted watching an arrow endlessly circling, nor were there long...

  • Capitation no fix for GP underinvestment

    05 Apr 2016
    As I write, I have just left AMA Federal Council, where we were graced by the attendance of both the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, and the Health Minister, Sussan Ley.I would...

  • Rising rural champion

    21 Mar 2016
    Congratulations to Fiona Nash, sworn champion of rural health, on her ascension to the deputy leadership of the National Party and inner cabinet.In addition to Rural Health, she...

  • Of politicians and rectal probes

    16 Feb 2016
    Despite it being summer and the mercury hitting the 40s in many rural areas, Medicare rebates remain frozen.It is time all practitioners got active in stirring their electorates...

  • Freezing and madcap MBS Reviews

    14 Dec 2015
    I, like many rural GPs, have two main sources of income: the local hospital and my practice. My patient demographic is largely low-income retirees and families with above-average...

  • To treat or transport?

    16 Nov 2015
    By Dr David Monash, a GP based in Sale, VictoriaIn 2002, the Department of Human Services Victoria commissioned the development of a Cancer Services Framework. Following this, in...

  • MBS Review a quick and nasty cost-cutting exercise

    19 Oct 2015
    Firstly, congratulations to the new Rural Health Minister Senator Fiona Nash, and to the Turnbull Government for recognising the long-neglected imperative to improve rural health...

  • Bashing the bonded prematurely and Medibank Private malevolence

    21 Sep 2015
    Following the release of Senate Estimates data showing that, of 6,295 bonded students, 37 are completing their return of service and 307 have withdrawn, derisive comments have...

  • Just tripping

    17 Aug 2015
    Some of life's greatest mysteries have such simple answers.For instance, have you ever wondered why, when air hostesses take back those hot towels they hand out, they use such...

  • Brave new world?

    06 Jul 2015
    I am tapping this column out at the AMA National Conference, as by the time it hits Australian Medicine I will be driving through south-western USA.Several newsworthy points have...