On Budget night in two weeks’ time, Malcolm Turnbull needs to drop every single one of his unfair cuts which are making health less affordable and less accessible for every Australian.
Reports that the Government is considering picking and choosing which parts of the freeze to undo and when are a massive blow to health professionals and patients who were hoping for better from Malcolm Turnbull.
If the Government thinks a plan to drop only parts of their freeze is good news, they are joking. This would be an insult to Australians and yet another blow to universal health care.
The freeze is impacting access beyond GPs, including psychologists, oncologists and other life-saving specialists.
But the freeze is only the beginning – increases to PBS co-payments, cuts to the Medicare Safety Nets, abolishing bulk billing incentives for pathology and diagnostic imaging – these plans all need to be scrapped.
The Liberals have done nothing but irreversible damage to Australia’s health care system. The least they could do is stop the attacks and drop the cuts in two weeks on Budget night.
WEDNESDAY, 26 APRIL 2017