Australians hurt by Medicare rebate freeze

From today, hundreds of thousands of Australians will be forced to pay out of pocket fees for a basic doctor visit, as a result of the Abbott Government’s four-year freeze on doctor’s Medicare rebates. The Federal Secretary of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), Lee Thomas, described the rebate freeze as “another damaging version […]

People power defeats co-payment but Medicare battle far from over

Health Minister Sussan Ley’s announcement that the hated GP co-payment has been dropped is welcome news. But Save Medicare Sydney warns that Medicare is not safe while the rebate remains frozen and the government looks for other ways to dismantle universal healthcare: “From the moment a Medicare co-payment was floated in January 2014 public opposition […]

No one is buying your bad medicine, Mr Abbott

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) and Save Medicare Sydney have condemned the Abbott Government’s decision to press ahead with its plan to introduce a ‘price signal’ on health care and force Australians seeking medical treatment to question their capacity to pay over their wellbeing. General Secretary of the NSWNMA, Brett Holmes, said no […]

Mr Abbott, a GP fee is still a broken promise

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) says the Abbott Government’s duplicitous move to “dump” its hated $7 GP co-payment while turning GPs into tax collectors remains designed to kill Australia’s system of universal healthcare. ANMF Federal Secretary, Lee Thomas, said Mr Abbott sneakily waited until after Federal Parliament had risen for the year before […]

Abbott kills co-payment – at what cost?

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is concerned that the Abbott Government’s announcement today that they will scrap the $7 co-payment proposal will turn out to be just another broken promise. “Mr Abbott knew the $7 GP tax was doomed, so he has been forced to go through the back door,” ANMF Federal Secretary, […]

GP fee: don’t relax yet

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has cautiously welcomed reports the Abbott Government is moving to shelve its unpopular $7 GP fee – for the time being. But with speculation the Government may try to introduce co-payments through regulation rather than legislation, ANMF Federal Secretary Lee Thomas has warned: Don’t relax just yet! “The […]

Sydney rally protests Hockey’s destructive GP co-payment

Save Medicare Sydney and the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) will join in a public rally at Martin Place in Sydney’s CBD today, calling on all federal Senators to reject the government’s proposed GP co-payment when the Senate resumes in the Parliament next week. Speakers at the lunchtime rally will include NSW Opposition Leader […]

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