New AMA president says doctors are at breaking point

THE Australian Medical Association has appointed its next leader amid calls to end the freeze on the Medicare rebate.

Dr Michael Gannon was appointed the new AMA president during its national conference in Melbourne on Sunday.

He told reporters that GPs were at breaking point over the Federal Government's Medicare rebate freeze.

The freeze is proving to be a hot election issue.

Labor has promised voters it would lift the freeze if elected in July, while the LNP has extended the freeze until 2020.

It means the amount of money reimbursed to GPs who bulk-bill will remain the same until 2020, despite the rising cost of providing procedures.

The AMA has already released posters for GPs to display, urging patients to tell their local MPs they are not happy with the freeze.

Government estimates suggest the extension of the freeze until 2020 will save $2.8 billion over six years.

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