Labor’s Rural and Regional Health spokesman, Stephen Jones, today joined Labor candidate for Gilmore, Fiona Phillips, in calling on the Turnbull Government to end its attack on Medicare.
Speaking at a rally at Ulladulla, Mr Jones said that the Liberals continue to mislead the public on healthcare cuts.
“Health Minister Sussan Ley’s open revolt on the Medicare rebate freeze confirms the Turnbull Government’s health policy is now in tatters.
“The Health Minister is now openly backing Labor’s plans to end the Liberals’ GP Tax by stealth,” Mr Jones said.
Only a Shorten Labor Government will restore indexation of the Medicare Benefits Schedule from 1 January 2017.
“We will reverse Malcom Turnbull’s cuts which will reduce bulk billing and cost Australian families more every time they visit the doctor.
“Only Labor will ensure all Australians can continue to access to affordable medicines. This will protect access for the most vulnerable – the poor, elderly and sick – who would be hit hardest by the Liberals’ plans to cut the PBS,” Mr Jones said.
Ms Phillips said that cuts to health were affecting patients in Gilmore.
“In the last few years, we’ve seen billions cut from our hospitals. Here in Gilmore, the Liberals’ cuts to funding have resulted in the downgrading of the maternity unit at Milton Ulladulla Hospital.
“Medicare is there for all of us in our times of need. It is the envy of many countries around the world, so you have to ask yourself – why is Malcolm Turnbull so intent on tearing it apart?
“When it comes to health, Ann Sudmalis and her colleagues are completely out of touch,” Ms Phillips said.
Communities across Australia deserve better than a Government that wants to dismantle a world-class healthcare system.