Malcolm Turnbull must come clean about his plans to cut billions more out of health.
The proroguing of the Parliament wipes clean the legislative notice paper, hiding the government’s plans for further health cuts.
However, the Budget shows the Government remains committed to
- Hiking the cost of prescriptions by $5 for general patients and 80 cents for concession card holders
- Cutting $267 million from the Medicare Safety Nets
The government has also yet to reveal how it plans to implement its $650 million in cuts to diagnostic imaging and pathology, due to start on 1 July.
July will also see the start of the second year of the Turnbull Government’s four year freeze on Medicare rebates, designed to drive down bulk billing and force patients to pay more to see a GP.
The Prime Minister has also confirmed the government is looking at scrapping the Child Dental Benefits Scheme which helps one million kids, many of whom have never before been able to afford to see a dentist.
Families deserve to know what health cuts they will face if Malcolm Turnbull is re-elected and not have these buried in a Budget delivered just days before the Prime Minister rushes to an election.