AMA chief rejects Labor's Medicare claims

THE head of the doctors' lobby has rejected Labor leader Bill Shorten's claims the Coalition wants to privatise Medicare.

Australian Medical Association chief Dr Michael Gannon also called on both parties to upgrade the "antiquated" and "rusty" Medicare payments system.

While the Coalition is blaming a Labor scare campaign for its decision to abandon plans to privatise the payments system, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says Mr Shorten's claim the government intends to privatise the entire health system is "the biggest lie of the campaign".

Dr Gannon told the ABC the Coalition proposal "in no way" amounted to selling Medicare and he had "never seen" such a proposal.

While the AMA was happy with many aspects of Labor's health policies, he said it would always call governments and oppositions to account.