Australia’s universal health system, Medicare, is part of our social fabric. It is my fundamental belief that no matter how much you earn, you should always have access to the health care you need.
I am proud Australia has one of the best healthcare systems in the world – not only are our outcomes significantly better, but our spending as a percentage of GDP is lower than the worldwide average.
Yet the Abbott-Turnbull Government is determined to see the Americanisation of our universal health system. The US healthcare system is famously unfair, costs more and doesn’t meet the majority of the population’s health needs.
Medicare is under attack from this Liberal Government.
In the last 3 years, the Coalition Government has:
- Attempted to introduce co-payments for GP visits, prescriptions and specialist visits and radiotherapy
- Frozen the Medicare Rebate meaning GPs are going to have to charge more for visits
- Cut $29 million over the next five years from central Victorian hospitals
- Cut funding for important tests and scans such as X-Rays, Ultra Sounds, Pap Smears and Blood Tests
Labor will always stand against any attempts to attack bulk billing, increase out of pocket costs and undermine the rights of all Australians to access decent, affordable health care.
Together with my Labor colleagues I will do all I can to protect Medicare and the values it represents from further attacks. I will fight for a healthcare system that looks after all Australians, including the most vulnerable.
But we need you too. Get involved in the Save Medicare campaign by:
Completing the survey
We want to know how the Government’s policies have impacted on your experience of healthcare in the past 12 months. Complete the survey here.
Attend one of my healthcare hearings
This is your opportunity to discuss your experience about the rising costs of healthcare and what this means to you and your family.
Hearings will be held across the electorate in September and October. The timetable can be found here.
Send a strong message to the Liberal Government to keep their hands off Medicare. Click here to sign the petition.
To read Lisa’s speeches on this and other issues, click here