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Increasing medical costs will force Newstart recipients into impossible choices


The Australian Greens said today that increasing out of pocket medical expenses will be forcing people on Newstart to go without essential health care, dental care and medicines because they can’t afford them.

“The Consumers Health Forum has found that Australians are paying an average of $1075 per year in out of pocket medical expenses. There is just no way a person on Newstart can pay this when they’re living more than $130 per week below the poverty line,” Senator Siewert said today.

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