As Medicare celebrates its 30th birthday next month, local Federal Members Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones warn the affordable and accessible health care could now be under threat from the Abbott Government.
“We want to make sure that Medicare survives to see a 35th anniversary and that the historic Labor initiative is not abolished by stealth,” the MPs said.
Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones are encouraging people in the Illawarra to sign Labor’s Medicare petition, opposing the Abbott Government’s plan for patients to pay an upfront fee to see a doctor.
“Many families are very concerned that the Government is planning to put a tax on going to the doctor. It is important that all Australians can get the treatment they need, when they need it,” Sharon Bird said.
“Once the GP tax is introduced, we are concerned that this will open the floodgate for the Abbott Government to make increases annually, making it tough for families already struggling with the cost of living.
The Abbott Government has already hit Australians hard, with the biggest increase to private health insurance premiums in a decade.
“Labor is proud to be the party of Medicare – it was Labor who raised bulk-billing rates to their highest rates ever and it is Labor who will continue to protect Australia’s universal healthcare system,” Stephen Jones said.
“I believe that all Australians deserve the healthcare they need, not the care they can afford”.
To sign the petition, or for more information visit the websites:
Sharon Bird: www.sharonbird.com.au
Stephen Jones: www.stephenjones.org.au