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Patients suffer from Howard's Americanisation of Australia's health system.

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Jenny Macklin - Patients Suffer From Howard's Americanisation Of Australia's Health System Wednesday, 15 August 2001

Patients Suffer From Howard's Americanisation Of Australia's Health System Jenny Macklin - Shadow Minister for Health

Media Statement - 8 August 2001

"Health care in Australia is increasingly going down the American path where no money means no treatment," Shadow Minister for Health, Jenny Macklin said today.

"Last Wednesday night a Rosanna pensioner, Mr Staer, took his wife to a Heidelberg health clinic after her eardrum burst. She was denied treatment because they did not have the money to pay the upfront fee and the clinic refused his cheque," Ms Macklin said.

"Mr Staer's wife only received treatment after he found an old credit card.

"The Medicare card is fast losing its value under the Howard Government, if it is only accepted when accompanied by a credit card.

"Australian's don't want health care becoming a luxury only the rich and privately insured can afford," Ms Macklin said.

"This is the result of five years of Howard Government health policy which puts all its effort into private health insurance while continually short-changing Medicare.

"It has become more and more difficult to see a bulk billing doctor and more and more expensive to see a doctor who doesn't bulk bill. This is all part of the Americanisation of our health care system under the Howard Government," Ms Macklin said. Authorised by Geoff Walsh, 19 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600.

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