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Monday, 18 February 2002
Page: 301

To the Honourable Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in parliament:

We the undersigned request that the Government take action to improve our health system including access to dental care, preserve bulkbilling and strengthen the Medicare system.

Our health system needs to be strengthened to ensure that all Australians receive the health care they need—when they need it.

The cessation of bulkbilling by many general practitioners, the closing of Medicare offices and the ceasing of the Commonwealth Dental Scheme as a direct result of Government policy—has caused great hardship to many local residents on low incomes particularly the elderly and those with young children.

Your petitioners therefore respectfully request that the House do everything in their power to strengthen our health system, increase bulkbilling and reopen much needed Medicare offices as a matter of urgency.

by Ms Hall (from 185 citizens).