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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.


Reasons for signing

  • Because we can't sit down and do nothing while they destroy our way of life and our country.
  • Unionists have always fought for better public healthcare. In 1976 we held a general strike to stop dismantling of Medibank by the Liberals. Now we need to fight cuts to Medicare. We have the social power let’s use it.
  • Private cover is expensive and out of pocket costs are too much. Medicare levy is high enough and now increased out of pocket costs adds an increased burden on people. For workers paying for medicare and private it is becoming unaffordable and for those who are already struggling even just with medicare then they will struggle with costs as well. Liberal just does not think much of it's people does it..

Updates

2021-06-20 15:06:20 +1000

50,000 signatures reached

2021-06-14 00:20:21 +1000

20,000 signatures reached

2021-06-10 10:20:14 +1000

10,000 signatures reached

2021-06-08 20:57:21 +1000

5,000 signatures reached

2021-06-08 17:06:11 +1000

1,000 signatures reached

2021-06-08 16:58:53 +1000

500 signatures reached