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Monday, 2 June 2003
Page: 15557

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

We the undersigned request the Government open a Medicare Easy Claim Agency for the Toukley area. Local doctors have ceased to bulkbill patients and many people simply cannot afford to pay the doctor and then wait (possibly days) for their Medicare refund. They often depend on their refund to buy the necessities of life—sometimes even the medicine prescribed by the doctor.

Lake Haven is the nearest Medicare office and for those without private transport or money it is unreachable. The closure of Toukley Medicare Office has caused great hardship to many local residents particularly the elderly and those with young children.

Your petitioners therefore respectfully request that the House do everything in their power to ensure that Toukley Medicare Office is reopened as a matter of urgency.

by Ms Hall (from 25 citizens).