Sending “Price signals” or deliberate destruction of Australian General Practice.

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Sending “Price signals” or deliberate destruction of Australian General Practice.

by Anonymous GP, MB BS, FRACGP, MPH

Abbot’s Government attempts to send so called ‘price signal’ to Australians saying that universal health insurance will not be as universal anymore. Australians will have to pay out of pocket fees every time they see a doctor. Freezing payments to GPs will, eventually, force practices to start charging private fees. It has nothing to do with ‘greedy rich doctors’, as Government wants you to believe. Costs of running General Practice in Australia increased 200% in last 10 years and keep rising. Medicare benefits are frozen thanks to Abbott’s Government policy.

Results of such policy will be:

  • Some if not majority of patients will delay seeking medical care because of the costs involved.
  • People will suffer complications of untreated ailments and some will even die.
  • Those will be the vulnerable categories – pensioners, children and working families.
  • As a rule, delayed treatment results in increased future health expenditure.
  • Abbott’s Government could not care less since that increased expenditure will fall on State funded hospital services.
  • States will, eventually, challenge Federal Government because of unjustifiably high demand on hospital services.
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