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The Medicare System Is Under Siege —The Liberal-National Coalition Attack On Civil Society Continues

Since the 1970s, when Medicare was introduced by Labor, the Conservative Liberal-National Coalition have been on the attack.

The point of Medicare is to have a safety net for all – especially the elderly, disabled and lower income families. Medicare is set up so that no one needs to worry about getting sick.

The introduction of the $5 fee to see the local GP and to go to the emergency department is the thin edge of the sword that is being used to slash Medicare. The excuse that is being trotted out is that Australians don’t value their health care system and that it is being used excessively. There is no evidence to support the theory that people over-use the Health system.

Some of the public are saying “What’s the fuss – it’s only  $5 fee capped at 12 visits, that’s $60 and if it goes up to $6 it’s only $72 for the year” — if only it was that simple! If you are going to the doctor quite regularly due to ill health or disability to get your prescription that costs $13 per script and you need to go 12 times are year to get it filled instead of it being $156 per year for the medication it now jumps up to $228 $156 plus the 12 visits at $6 each and that’s not including the cost of transportation to get there. A lot of people who will be effected by this rely on public transport which for some cost $6 one way — the costs add up! It shouldn’t be forgotten – it won’t stay at $5 or $6 it will go up each year, for example – $6.00-$6.50-$7.00-$7.50 and so on. It is becoming quite apparent that those who support the $5 fee co- payment system don’t use Medicare or understand how it works.

The Right are saying those who are upset by this are feeling they are losing their “sense of entitlement”. Citizens pay a Medicare levy that “entitles” them to use the health care system.

Co-payment is a dangerous step towards the dismantling of Medicare.  One of the most important issues  is this copayment $5 fee to see the GP will not work for indigenous people and will set them back and their health back even more.

A petition has been set up to be sent to Tony Abbott to help keep healthcare free, the petition can be found here.

2 Comments on The Medicare System Is Under Siege —The Liberal-National Coalition Attack On Civil Society Continues

  1. Please check your facts before printing tripe such as the report above. According to http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/20533426/5-fee-to-see-gp-plan-irks-doctors/, the proposed $5.00 fee is NOT capped at 12 visits. The plan is that you get 12 FREE visits per year before the $5.00 charge kicks in. Your figures are totally bogus.

    • Please note the article used a hypothetical scenario to illustrate the point. The article said –

      Some of the public are saying “What’s the fuss – it’s only $5 fee capped at 12 visits, that’s $60 and if it goes up to $6 it’s only $72 for the year”

      — Real News One Didn’t say that there would be a cap, further to that Terry Barnes said it is “proposed” it would only be for

        pensioners and concession cardholders would be exempt and families with children under 16

      – so it is not definite that the 12 free visits would happen or not. Terry Barnes (former adviser to Tony Abbott and architect of this plan) also said ,on ABC TV ,that the average person would pay $50,$60,$70 in fees (on average 6 visits p.a) a year meaning that if you are regularly going to get a script filled which at the pharmacy costs you $13 each time means it turns into $78(13×6)+ $50,$60,$70 or $128,$138,$148 to visit the doctor . We are only using the information that has been provided by Terry Barnes and the government.

      We appreciate the time you took to read and reply,

      Editor- Real News One

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