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Making a bad problem worse

Media Release
Richard Di Natale 11 Dec 2014

Australian Greens health spokesperson and former GP, Dr Richard Di Natale, today slammed the Abbott Government’s cynical attack on Medicare.

“If you wanted to destroy the fabric of Medicare there are two ways you could go about it,” said Senator Di Natale, a former GP.

“The first way is to change the law around Medicare and the second way is just to stop paying for it.

“After spending the best part of a year failing to win parliamentary support for its co-payment the Abbott Government is now trying to slash payments to doctors so that they are forced to do the government’s dirty work.

“The freeze on indexation will impact just as much as the $5 decrease by ripping hundreds of millions out of Medicare over the long term.

“Trying to implement this via regulation after parliament has risen for the year is another sneaky and desperate attempt to subvert the will of the parliament.

“The Greens will be moving a disallowance motion at the first available opportunity in the next parliament.

“There’s no point trying to debate whether this policy is any better or worse than the original co-payment proposal. Making it harder to see a GP is dumb policy.

“Out of pocket costs are already one of the biggest issues in health and this will only make things much worse.”

 

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