This morning the Turnbull Government changed their salesperson, but they didn’t change their health policy.
Greg Hunt will start day one as Health Minister inheriting a list of cuts and policies which will make health care more expensive and less accessible for every Australian.
Labor is giving the new Health Minister a “to-do” list on behalf of the millions of Australians who rejected this Governments unfair health policy at the last election:
- Drop the Medicare freeze, which is already having an impact on bulk billing rates and will drive up out-of-pocket costs;
- Drop the unfair health cuts, such as cuts to pathology and bulk billing which will make it more expensive to have vital tests and life-saving scans;
- Reverse the cuts of $400 million to dental programs for children
- And once and for all, drop the zombie cuts such as the planned increases to PBS co-payments for general patients, concession patients and those with chronic illnesses.
Millions of Australians rejected Malcolm Turnbull’s unfair cuts at the last election. The Liberals didn’t listen – they took the same cuts to 2017 that they took to the last election.
Time and time again, Malcolm Turnbull has proven that he simply doesn’t get it when it comes to the health of Australians.
A change of Minister won’t do anything unless the policies change as well.
WEDNESDAY, 18 JANUARY 2017