Stop the Freeze on Medicare Rebates.
It was announced in the budget last night that the freeze on Medicare rebates, commenced in 2012, will be continued until 2020. This means the rebate your GP receives when they choose to bulk bill you has not increased in four years and will not increase for four more.
In that time, just like everywhere, their costs have increased. They still have to pay their nurses, their receptionists, their phone bills and the rents for their offices.
Medicare is YOUR universal health insurance. It is YOUR rebate. Do not let the government destroy it.
By freezing the medicare rebate the government is directly attacking those services that care for the disadvantaged which rely solely on the Medicare rebate - such as aboriginal health services and those that care for the poor.
Affordable primary health care is essential for all Australians. Help save it.
- Prime Minister of Australia
- Leader of the Opposition
Hon. Bill Shorten
- Shadow Minister for Health
STOP THE FREEZE!
t was announced in the budget last night that the freeze on Medicare rebates, commenced in 2012, will be continued until 2020.
In that time, just like everywhere, their costs have increased in line with CPI. General Practitioners still have to pay their staff, their rents and their other overheads.
Accordingly the gaps to the patients will have to increase to cover costs. Bulk billing to disadvantaged patients will need to cease.
General Practice has been strongly shown to keep people healthier longer and keep people out of expensive hospital based care. For very little cost to the government. It makes absolutely no sense to starve this sector of the health system of money. This will only hurt the system in the long run and drive people to seek out more expensive forms of care, such as the emergency department.
I urge you to reconsider your position on the Medicare Rebate.
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