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Don’t make out-of-pocket health costs worse: Greens

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Richard Di Natale 10 Apr 2014

Australian Greens Health Spokesperson, Dr Richard Di Natale, said today that a report from the New South Wales Bureau of Health Information confirmed that people were already staying away from the doctor because of high costs.

“The Abbott Government believes that it’s too easy for Australians to see a doctor when the opposite is true,” said Senator Di Natale.

A new report today shows that 15 per cent of people in New South Wales are putting off visits to the doctor, filling prescriptions or getting tests done because of the cost.

“The Greens have recently set up a Senate Inquiry into out-of-pocket healthcare costs because unlike the Abbott Government we are committed to the promise of universal health care. The inquiry will be taking public submissions until May 12.

“When the size of people’s wallets has a say in their ability to access care then the government is failing the community. Rather than looking for ways to reduce the barriers that are keeping Australians from getting medical care, the Abbott Government is actually considering ways to increase costs.

“The fight over Medicare is a battle over what kind of country we want to be. Governing is about priorities and this cruel government is choosing to save money by making it harder for people to see a doctor instead of axing ridiculous subsidies to the fossil fuel industry.”

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