GPs have overwhelmingly rated Labor as superior to the Liberals in looking after general practice.
An overwhelming 78% of the more than 750 respondents in thepoll conducted by Australian Doctor backed Labor’s health policies over the Liberals’.
The poll is an overwhelming endorsement of Labor’s commitment to reverse the Turnbull Government’s GP Tax by stealth by restoring indexation of the Medicare Benefits Schedule from 1 January 2017.
It’s also a resounding rejection of Mr Turnbull’s repeated attempts to drive down bulk billing and hit Australian families every time they visit the doctor.
Labor created Medicare and Labor will always protect Medicare.
All Australians should be able to access health care when and where they need it. That’s what drives Labor’s health policy.
In contrast, Medicare is under attack from Mr Turnbull and the Liberals. They want everyone to pay more and the sickest, the poorest and those in rural areas will be hit hardest.
One in 20 Australians already say they delay visiting their GP, or do not visit at all, because of cost.
GPs, more than anyone, understand that this can lead to conditions deteriorating and people being admitted to hospital – meaning worse outcomes for the patient and greater cost to the health system. It is vital we don’t create barriers for anyone who needs to see their GP.
All Australians should be able to access health care when and where they need it. Only Labor can be trusted to make this happen.
For more information on Labor’s plan to protect Medicare please visit: http://www.100positivepolicies.org.au/a_stronger_medicare_for_all_australians_fact_sheet