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.