LNP Cannot be Trusted with our Health
The LNP cannot be trusted with the health needs of our community. Examples of attacks on Medicare during the Abbott-Turnbull Government are:
GP Patient Tax
The LNP have cut more than $2 billion from Medicare payments to GPs through a six year freeze. These cuts will:
Drive down bulk billing
Force more patients to pay every time they see a doctor
Force those patients who already pay, to pay more;
Force some patients to to skip seeing a doctor, putting them at risk getting sicker and ending up in hospital
These cuts are the equvilant of an $14 GP Tax on patients, double what Tony Abbott originally proposed back in 2014.
Cuts to Pathology and Screening Services
Mr Turnbull cut $650 million from Medicare in the Mid Year Budget review:
Mr Turnbull has delayed this by three months to get through the election but has confirmed that the savings will continue.
This includes cuts to Medicare for pathology tests and scans including MRI, X-Rays, CAT scans and mammograms;
This will affect patients being diagnosed and treated for cancer and other serious health conditions;
Many patients will be forced to fork out thousands of dollars upfront, and face higher out of pocket costs, for these tests;
These cuts drive down bulk billing, drive up out of pocket costs, and deter people from getting crucial scans and tests.
Making Medicine more Expensive
In his horror 2014 Budget, Tony Abbott announced $1.3 billion in cuts to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), to be achieved by increasing co-payments and safety net thresholds.
This would see co-payments increase by $5 for general patients and by $0.80 for concessional patients.
The LNP also plan to increase the PBS safety net thresholds each year for four years. This would see the general safety net thresholds increase by 10 per cent a year, and the concessional safety nets rise by the cost of two prescriptions a year.
Malcolm Turnbull confirmed his commitment to these cuts by building them into his first budget earlier this month. They would come on top of the existing annual indexation of co‑payments and safety net thresholds in line with the Consumer Price Index.
Cuts to Dental Care
In this Budget the Turnbull Government cut Labor’s Child Dental Benefits Scheme – cutting $1 billion out of dental funding overall.
Since its introduction, Labor’s $2.7 billion Scheme has provided around 10 million affordable dental services to one million Australian children. Many of them had never seen a dentist, because their parents had not been able to afford one.
Labor initiated the program in response to disturbing evidence that almost 60 per cent of 14 year olds had experienced permanent tooth decay.
The Government’s alternative will see five million children join five million adults awaiting a spot on the already overcrowded public dental waiting lists, a move which will see them wait years for treatment.
Slashing Hospital Funding
The LNP have cut $57 billion of funding from our public hospitals which are already under pressure.
Figures from the independent Parliamentary Budget Office show these cuts affect every hospital in every State and Territory; $10.7 billion in Queensland alone.
This will have a real impact on patients with increasing emergency waiting times, longer waits for elective surgery, and fewer hospital beds
The Queensland Health Department says the cuts are the equivalent of 4,500 doctors, nurses and allied health practitioners
They simply don't believe that investing in our health care is important.