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Monday, 3 November 2003
Page: 21705

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

The Petition of certain citizens of Australia draws to the attention of the House that—

Under the Howard Government the rate of bulk billing has dropped and the cost of visiting a doctor has risen.

The Howard Government's proposed changes to Medicare will do nothing to improve this situation. Under the changes more families will not be able to access bulk billing and doctors will increase their fees.

We request that the House takes urgent steps to restore bulk billing by General Practitioners and reject John Howard's plan to end universal bulk billing.

by Mr Jenkins (from 119 citizens)