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Greens GP Senate candidate announces Medicare funding plan in Queensland

Media Release
Larissa Waters 14 Aug 2013

The Australian Greens today committed to injecting hundreds of millions of dollars in extra funding to Medicare nationally, which would help Queenslanders to meet out-of-pocket healthcare costs, at the clinic of Greens Senate candidate and Brisbane GP, Dr Sandra Bayley.

Queensland Greens Senator Larissa Waters said: “The Greens are going to the election with a commitment to inject an extra $664 million into Medicare nationally over the next three years, making it cheaper for Queenslanders to go to the doctor.

“Labor cut more than $600 million in Medicare funding in the last budget and Tony Abbott’s Coalition backed the changes. The cuts, which are the result of a delay in Medicare indexation, will reduce bulk billing rates and increase costs for patients.

“Once upon a time Labor believed in universal healthcare but now they’ve joined Tony Abbott in supporting a two-tiered American-style heath system,” Senator Waters said.

Greens Senate Candidate and Brisbane GP, Dr Sandra Bayley, said she was proud to be running for the Greens with the party’s fair-minded healthcare policy, written by Victorian Greens Senator and former GP, Dr Richard Di Natale.

“The Greens are committed to universal healthcare and believe that your health shouldn’t be determined by your bank balance.

“That’s one of the reasons why I’m proud to be running for the Greens – I strongly believe everyone should be able to access good quality healthcare.

“I think many general practitioners share this view and we need to be able to rely on Medicare funding so that we can offer bulk billing to patients who need it and to keep the gap for other patients affordable,” Dr Bayley said.



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