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Monday, 1 December 2003
Page: 23267

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

The petition of certain general pensioner, superannuant and self funded retiree citizens of Australia draws the attention of the House to the great concern being felt by the above mentioned citizens at the fact that the government is, in the petitioners' humble opinion grossly under-funding, and thus jeopardizing, Australia's Public Health Care system.

Your petitioners have witnessed a declining Budget for the Public Health system since 1996 resulting in major decline in the availability of public hospital beds, a dramatic decline in doctors' use of Bulk Billing and attacks on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

Your petitioners therefore pray that the House act to encourage the government to:

Restore the Public Health Care budget to pre-existing levels; Increase the MEDICARE Levy; Means test the Private Health Insurance rebate; Ensure that all high income earners pay the Medicare Levy surcharge; Increase doctors' payments for Bulk Billing in order to encourage doctors to continue their participation in Bulk Billing. The funds thus created to be provided to the Universal Health Care System—MEDICARE. We furthermore request that Dental care be included in MEDICARE.

by Ms Hall (from 75 citizens)