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No model could turn GP co-payments into good public policy

Australian Greens health spokesperson and former GP, Dr Richard Di Natale, said today that there are no possible changes or alternative models can turn the GP co-payment into good public policy.

“No amount of tinkering or adjustments can save this dog of a policy,” said Senator Di Natale.

“Putting a price barrier between patients and their doctors is precisely the opposite of what we should be doing.

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Horrific MH17 tragedy has global ramifications for HIV AIDS

The Australian Greens say the MH17 disaster is a horrific tragedy that will reverberate around the world.

"Our hearts go out to the families and friends of all those who have been killed, especially the 27 Australians reported to be on board," said Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne.

"Tragedies like these always touch many more people than we can ever know, but it is shocking news that up to 108 delegates to the 20th Annual AIDS Conference due to be held in Melbourne this weekend were on board the doomed flight.

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Parliament to consider national ‘dying with dignity’ laws

Australian Greens spokesperson health and former GP, Dr Richard Di Natale, today tabled an exposure draft for national ‘dying with dignity’ legislation in the Senate. The Senate then passed a motion to have that bill considered by a Senate Inquiry.

“It can be hard to talk about death but it’s time we put dying with dignity laws firmly on the national agenda,” said Dr Di Natale.

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Multi-party group puts medicinal cannabis on the agenda

The recently re-established Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy and Law Reform believes that the time has come for Australia push beyond the stigma which bans medicinal cannabis.

The cross party group, co-convened by federal Coalition, Labor and Greens parliamentarians has today advanced the discussion on medicinal cannabis by hosting an event on the issue at Parliament House, which was attended by representatives of all major parties. 

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COAG health report exposes Hockey’s clueless budget

Australian Greens health spokesperson, Dr Richard Di Natale, today said that the COAG Reform Council’s report into healthcare reform demonstrates precisely why the Abbott Government’s budget is a bad prescription.

“Rather than addressing the health challenges facing Australia, Joe Hockey’s budget will just make them worse,” said Senator Di Natale, a former GP and public health professional.

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Tony Abbott takes a big bite out of dental funding

Australian Greens health spokesperson, Senator Richard Di Natale, said today that the Abbott Government’s heartless budget is extracting $619 million of hard-won funding for dental health.

“The Abbott Government isn’t just making it harder for someone to see their GP, it’s also making it harder for people to see their dentist,” said Senator Di Natale, who negotiated the National Dental Health Reform Package with the previous government.

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Abbott budget a sick joke

“The budget rips $20 billion out of health services over the next 6 years and the damage done to our health system will last forever,” said Greens health spokesperson, Senator Richard Di Natale.

“This budget puts us on the path to a US style, two-tier, under-funded health system where your credit card is more important than your Medicare care card.” 

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Government must rule out obesity fee thought bubble: Greens

Australian Greens health spokesperson and chair of the inquiry into the Commission of Audit, Dr Richard Di Natale, said today that allowing Private Health Insurers to charge more depending on someone’s weight and other “lifestyle factors” would be a big mistake.

“Charging people more for health insurance based on risk factors like weight is a prescription for a health system that is more expensive and less fair,” said Senator Di Natale, a doctor and former public health professional.

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