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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 are coming 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.

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.
  • Do we want a US-style system? To think that Greg Hunt had the audacity to imply if we had the US style system, the Rollout of the vaccine would have been better. Explain how the UK is doing so much better than US Greg. Lets blame the system that ensures people don't get turned away from hospitals for not being able to pay, not those administering it at a federal level?

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