A collation of the current funding issues in Australias Health care. A example of why a General Practitioners need to participate in Advocacy. Despite the apparent simplicity of the measures this is a complex debate about the type of society and level of subsidy we feel is culturally appropriate. There are complex philosophical questions about rights and entitlements in an interdependent society. This current political stunt provides an opportunity for reflection and considered response to the economic issues of health care. There is much more at stake than simply how much you pay after attending your Family Doctor.
It is going to hurt. Taking $3.5 billion out of general practice will be harmful to the health of Australians. Many organisations, including the AMA, RACGP and the Consumers Health Platform, are strongly opposing the revised co-payment plan. They are demanding that the government reverses its decision. There are 3 things you can do to stop the catastrophic plan going ahead.
The government must reverse its co-payment plan, the 4-year Medicare rebate freeze and the changes to the duration of a standard consultation. There are other, better ways to save health dollars.
#1: Support the campaign
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has launched the You & your GP have been targeted campaign.
Health consumers and doctors should all support the campaign!
Here’s what you need to do:
a) Your local MP (click here to find the address), and/or:
b) Prime Minister Tony Abbott:
The Hon. Tony Abbott…
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