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Liberals can't be believed on Medicare



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THE HON CATHERINE KING MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR HEALTH MEMBER FOR BALLARAT

LIBERALS CAN’T BE BELIEVED ON MEDICARE

Malcolm Turnbull’s promise to “never, ever” privatise Medicare is as believable as every other Liberal promise on Medicare.

It’s as believable as Tony Abbott’s promise before the last election of “no cuts to health” which was followed after the election by massive cuts to health.

It’s as believable as the promises the Liberals made during the Griffith by-election and WA Senate

rerun that there would be no GP Tax, which was followed just weeks later by the announcement of a GP Tax.

Look at the evidence. In their first term in office the Liberals:

 Froze Medicare benefits for six years to drive down bulk billing and make patients pay

more.

 Cut bulk billing payments for pathology and diagnostic imaging.

 Scrapped the Child Dental Benefits Scheme.

 Announced cuts to the Medicare Safety Net.

 Hiked the cost of prescriptions.

 Established a secret taskforce to privatise the Medicare payments system.  Handed control of the national cancer registry to Telstra.

Of course they say they’re not privatising Medicare, just like at the last election they promised no cuts to health and just like in the Griffith by-election they promised there would be no GP Tax.

Nothing, absolutely nothing this government says on health can be believed.

At every opportunity, every budget, they have cut health and sought to destroy Medicare and make patients pay more and if Malcolm Turnbull is re-elected, Medicare will be finished.

FRIDAY, 17 JUNE 2016