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Roxon forces 500,000 people out of private health into the public system.



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Thu, 16th October 2008 ROXON FORCES 500,000 PEOPLE OUT OF PRIVATE HEALTH INTO THE PUBLIC SYSTEM

The Hon Peter Dutton MP Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing

Senator Mathias Cormann Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Health Administration

Joint Media Release.

"An estimated 500,000 Australians will drop private health insurance as a result of the Senate passing the Medicare Levy Surcharge Bill today, putting massive additional pressure on an already overburdened public system" Peter Dutton said.

"Those leaving health insurance will take $2.5 billion in contributions out of the health system, putting huge additional funding pressure on public hospitals," he said.

"This is a massive cost shift from the Commonwealth and the currently privately insured to the States and Territories.

"10 Million Australians will see additional increases in their private health insurance premiums as a result of this legislation.

Senator Cormann said that this will hurt the most vulnerable in our community, who will either have to cope with increased health insurance premiums or be forced to join those lengthy public hospital queues.

"One million Australians on incomes of less than $50,000 per year with private health insurance will cop additional premium increases or be forced into the public system," Senator Cormann said.

"They will be hit by the double whammy of increased premiums and no tax cut for them," he said.

"The Senate today passed a measure that is fundamentally flawed, pursued by a government with an ideological dislike of private health, that never sought to assess the impact of this measure on our health system.