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LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

STATEMENT BY THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION,

THE HON KIM C BEAZLEY MP

 

 

A BETTER PLAN FOR HEALTH

 

Labor’s Better Plan for Health will reinforce and boost Medicare. People regularly tell me how important it is to have affordable access to high quality health services Medicare provides that security to all Australians.

 

The main features of the Labor Health Plan I announce today are:

 

·  An extra $500 million a year for Australia’s public hospitals to treat more patients, improve the quality of treatment and upgrade their facilities

 

·  A new $100 million Commonwealth Dental Program to ensure that pensioners and low-income families get access to decent emergency and preventive dental care;

 

·  The reversal of John Howard’s attack on Medicare, and the allocation of $10 million a year to open or re-open Medicare offices

 

·  A series of programs to lift both access to and quality of health services in rural and regional communities.

 

Labor’s policies emphasise the stark choice which faces the community over health policy.

 

The choice is:

·  between an extra $500m a year to improve public hospitals for everyone, or massive subsidies for private health insurance;

·  between restoring decent access to dental care for pensioners and low income families, or four year dental waiting lists;

·  between a GST on non-prescription medicines, vitamins, spectacles and dentures, or NO GST at all.”

 

The choice could not be more clear cut.

 

Labor’s plan also includes policies to address issues in indigenous healt h, mental health and youth health.

 

Labor will also provide the best and newest child vaccines, and promote better health for men.

 

Labor is the party that created Medicare and we are the only party that will make it even better.

 

Brisbane

10 September 1998

 

 

 

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