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Abbott Led Government Considers Ending Free Health Care System – Destruction Of Australian Civil Society Continues

Tony Abbot has stated that he is considering ending the free health care system in Australia by introducing a $5 fee when visiting a local GP. The plan was a recommendation from his razor gang that was set up to find programs that could be cut under the guise of a Commission of Audit to “better target government services”.

Those most effected will be low income families, pensioners, unemployed and those who suffer from disabilities who can barely afford to go to a doctor as it is, who rely on the ability to bulk bill. It is the same group that are currently struggling with the cost of living in Australia. Especially those living in states like Queensland where taxation has gone up more than $200 a year and where the state has suffered from drastic cuts imposed upon them by the state Liberal-National Party under the premiership of Campbell Newman, who has also sacked more than 20,000 civil servants, Thus dramatically affecting the state’s economy.

Labor Prime Minister Bob Hawke considered introducing a similar scheme but did not go head with the scheme as it would have a negative affect on the population.

The Australian Medical Association has expressed such concerns that those who need to go to the doctor will think they can’t afford it. Tony Abbott’s former health adviser Terry Barnes said in comments related to the $5 fee said most Australians could afford it “even the less well off. We’re talking about the cost of a burger and fries” thus trivializing the healthcare system and its importance.

The Abbott led Liberal-National Coalition Government is intent on the undermining the benefits or social structures that are designed to help Australians especially those that were established by previously Labor governments to help low to middle income earners. This can and will most likely lead to the dismantling of Medicare in Australia.

7 Comments on Abbott Led Government Considers Ending Free Health Care System – Destruction Of Australian Civil Society Continues

  1. Dominic Godbold // December 29, 2013 at 7:53 pm // Reply

    Unfortunately Mr Abbott still thinks like Marie Antoinette. His “Let them eat cake” attitude shows what little he knows about some Australians. The Australians who work for minimum wages, or those part-time workers who don’t have much money left after paying rent. They can’t afford food, let alone go to the doctor or dentist. Most of those people have to go to Emergency Departments in our hospitals thus overloading that resource. Oh. I forgot they are having their funding reduced too aren’t they? Abbott is cutting funding where it needs to be increased, and increasing funding to that very small section of our population who definitely don’t need it.

  2. Thank you Abbott 🙂 your a god send my dear ..not only do many disabled pensioners have to live in rental houses, because the governments have not provided state homes for all who need them. now you want them to pay for medical bills as well? I go to the doctors with my disabilities about twice a week, Im lucky to have thirty dollars a week to buy food on, I don’t go out as I can not afford such a luxury. Buy a burger Mr Barnes? who can afford that ! I didn’t ask for disabilities and I didn’t complain for 30yrs of Australian governments taking higher and higher tax from my wages, when working on the mine in WA. Didn’t ask to loose all my super to hospital visits and doctors and specialist, to then have to ask for help, when it all went. But now I just wish to say thank you from all the low income earners, guess we can all pay the $5 happily knowing you wont be around soon to see any benefits from the money raised from those who are already asking for help. Good luck to you ! Thanks we owe you one …I know I didn’t vote you in .. I will be one of many voting you OUT! 🙂

  3. Tell me one place anyone knows of where you can still get a burger and chips from anymore. Just shows you how out of the times these people really are.

  4. Sure, lets charge $5 for every time we need to go to the doctors, I have a son that needs to see the doctor once a week and neither my husband or I have a job, despite our efforts to find one, and we can barely afford things as it is. $5 may not sound like much to those who have money, but it’s a lot to us who have none. Is Abbott going to attack the PBS next?

    • “Jacqul says :- Is Abbott going to attack the PBS next?”

      Yep thats next on the agenda, must make the poor poorer so they can make the rich richer. Its the libs ruling class way.

    • “Jacqul says :- Is Abbott going to attack the PBS next?”

      Yep thats next on the agenda, must make the poor poorer so they can make the rich richer. Its the libs ruling class way.

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