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To: Scott Morrison
Stop more changes and cuts to Medicare!
The Liberal Government has quietly announced over 1000 changes to how Medicare pays for important treatments and surgeries.
Changes that will come into effect from 1 July include:
• General surgery
• Orthopaedic surgery
• Cardiac surgical services
• Vascular services (e.g. varicose veins)
• General Practice (GP) and Primary Care
The Government has not released full details of the over 1000 changes due on 1 July.
Why is this important?
Medical experts have already warned these changes will increase out of pocket costs – this means patients could be left paying hundreds of dollars for some common procedures and up to $10,000 for rarer conditions.
The Liberal Government has already cut billions in funding for Medicare and other health programs since 2014. What’s worse is that they froze the Medicare indexation rate, which undermines bulk-billing.
And they’ve already bungled the vaccine roll-out, the most important public health program in a generation.
Now we need to stop the Liberal Government from wrecking Medicare.