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Wooldridge must reisgn on August 20



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TH E H O N M ICHAEL L E E MP Me m b e r f o r D o b e l l SHADOW MINISTER FOR HEALTH

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Wooldridge Must Resign on August 20

Health Minister Michael Wooldridge must resign if Medicare rebates are cut on 20th August, according to Michael Lee, Shadow Minister for Health.

“Up until Question Time today, Dr Wooldridge was giving undertakings that Medicare rebates would not be cut”.

“In the attached letter to the residents of his own electorate last February, Dr Wooldridge gave his personal commitment that ‘Present Medicare rebates will not be changed’.

“As recently as last Sunday on the Face to Face program Dr Wooldridge admitted that 'we said before the election that we weren't going to drop the Medicare rebate from 85%'.

“Today both Dr Wooldridge and Finance Minister Fahey refused to rule out cuts in Medicare rebates.

“Dr Wooldridge has obviously been rolled in the Expenditure Review Committee and is being forced to cut Medicare rebates.

"This is in clear breach of the undertakings he gave his own constituents and Australian families right across the country.

“Dr Wooldridge has a simple choice”.

“He will be placed in an untenable position if he is forced to cut Medicare rebates in breach of the undertakings he gave his own electorate”.

“When Gary Punch was placed in this position he resigned”.

“As a matter of honour, Dr Wooldridge must resign, if the Budget decision stands”.

COMMONWEALTH

Date: 18 June 1996 LIAMENTARY LIBRARY

Contact: Michael Lee 06 277 4221

043 966 339 (home)

TELEPHONE (043) 34 34 66 ♦ FAX (043) 34 34 22

- br. Michael Wooldridge MP Federal Member for Chisholm SHADOW Minister for Health and Human Services

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21 February, 1996

BOX HILL SOUTH VIC 3128

Dear Mr

As well as being your Federal Member of Parliament, I have national responsiblity for health matters and hope to be Australia’s next Health Minister under a Howard Government.

I wrote to you recently seeking your views about health issues and the direction of Liberal Party Policy.

Many people responded to my letter and said they were on lower incomes and were either really struggling to keep their private health insurance or felt they simply could not afford it. In finalising the Liberal Health Policy I sought to address these problems.

I can assure you, that you will be guaranteed access to high-quality health services, when and where you need them, should the Coalition win the federal election of March 2nd.

You will have a greater choice of where you can be treated and who treats you.

And you will have a choice between treatment in a public hospital and a private hospital.

But most importantly, the Coalition will r e t a i n Medicare in its entirety. Bulk-billing will remainiPresent Medicare rebates will not be changed.! The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, which subsidises the cost' of many vitaPdrugs, will be retained.

The right of all Australians to have access to treatment in public hospitals under Medicare will continue under the Coalition. There will be no compulsion to be treated in a private hospital just because you have private health insurance. And the level of Federal funding to the States for public hospitals will be maintained.

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But in addition to ensuring access to public hospitals, the Coalition will be assisting Australians to have greater freedom of choice. This is why we are offering incentives to singles with incomes up to $35,000 and couples and families with incomes up to $70,000 to help you with your private health insurance premiums.

The maximum incentives we are offering from 1 July are:

These incentives are fair. They don’t depend on whether you’re a wage or salary earner, pensioner, retiree, or student. Unlike Labor, the Coalition knows that there are many hundreds of thousands of Australians on very low incomes who struggle to keep the freedom of healthcare choice that private health insurance gives Australians.

This is why we will offer the incentives as either a cash rebate over the counter at Medicare offices, or as a tax rebate. You’ll choose the form of rebate that you receive. Nor do you have to take out a particular level of health cover to claim a rebate.

And if you don’t want private insurance, that’s fine. All your current benefits will be maintained, and you’ll have better access to public hospitals. This is because people taking up private insurance and using private hospitals will be helping to make more public hospital beds available.

In other words the Coalition Health policy will take the pressure off the public hospital system and help reduce waiting lists.

Because John Howard and his team believe in high quality healthcare for all of us.

Yours sincerely

Singles Couples Families with dependants

$125 $250 $450 (including sole parent families)

Dr Michael Wooldridge