The outrage that has greeted proposals of a $6 co-payment for a visit to the GP is a sight to behold. The ALP’s health spokesman, Catherine King, was mortified
Mr Glasson is today stating what the Prime Minister and Mr Dutton are too scared to admit.
The Coalition want to sneak in a new tax that will hit families every time they take their sick child to the doctor.
Families shouldn’t have to keep footing the bill for the Prime Minister’s broken promises.
Labor will fight the Coalition’s new GP tax in 2014, in Griffith, and right across the country.
The proposal is hardly a tax – it is a fee for service that covers a small fraction of the taxpayer-funded medicare contribution for each visit to a doctor.
I have long supported a modest co-payment for visiting a GP, and, for that matter, visiting a hospital. Price signals are important, and even if set well below the actual cost of the service at least weed out the worst cases of overservicing.
I agree with Andrew Podger that the co-payment should be around $30. If we want to get the Federal Budget into surplus, and offer the prospect of future tax cuts, the Government has to be serious about significant cuts to spending and applying sensible co-payments for accessing government-funded services such as Medicare.
The same people who would think nothing about spending $100 on a night out, or throwing $50 at the poker machines, or spending $5 on a cup of coffee, seem to think it outrageous to spend $6 going to see a GP. It seems that their priorities are wrong.