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 10 HEALTH CARE (APPROPRIATION) AMENDMENT BILL 2003

The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the question—That the Bill be now read a second time—And on the amendment moved thereto by Mr S. F. Smith, viz.—That all words after "That" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words: "whilst not opposing the Bill, the House condemns the Government for its health policy failures, including:

(a) the Howard Government's withdrawal of $918 million from public hospitals over the next four years;

(b) the Howard Government's unfair Medicare package which will result in bulk billing, in time, only being available to pensioners and concession card holders and families being left to pay more and more for their health care;

(c) the Howard Government's decision to increase the cost of essential medicines by up to 30%, hitting the sickest and the poorest hardest; and

(d) the Howard Government's refusal to review the $2.3 billion private health insurance rebate to ensure that it provides value for money for consumers and taxpayers"—

Debate resumed.

Dr Lawrence addressing the House—