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Thursday, 26 June 2014
Page: 4006

Budget

TO THE HONOURABLE PRESIDENT AND MEMBERS OF THE SENATE IN PARLIAMENT ASSEMBLED

The petition of the Victorian Aboriginal community and other concerned citizens shows:

Imposing a $7 Medicare co-payment on Doctor visits and medical tests (e.g. blood tests, ultrasounds, x-rays) will be bad for the health of all Australians but more so for the Aboriginal community.

Introducing co-payments will not close the gap in health outcomes; it will widen the gap between Aboriginal people and the rest of the community

The co-payment will increase health care and administration costs for both Government and health care providers. This will leave less money to provide the community with the care they need because more is spent on administration

This will hurt the sickest and poorest people in our community. $7 means a lot more to the most disadvantaged among us, especially those in single income households or with chronic illness

Discouraging people from visiting their GP will interfere with the early detection of illnesses and preventive action such as immunisation. There will be more illness in our community.

We ask that the Senate:

Oppose the implementation of the $7 Medicare co-payment.

by Senator Di Natale (from 1470 citizens).

Petition received.