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    Leo Campbell

    When the Senate and polls tell the LNP that a policy is not acceptable, they do the honourable thing and try to pass that policy it a more subtle way.

    It’s so good to have a consultative government!

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    graybul

    Should the Abbott Govt pull off these changes to Medicare it is entirely possible it will be Abbott’s signature policy of his first term Government. Dismantling of the Nation’s notion of a fair-go, universal health system will indeed secure a major ideological plank being inserted into the eye of the less well-off Australian public.

    The only viable defence against such bastardry rests with National print media truly living up to their professional journalistic standards. I hold my breath . . .

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    bushby jane

    Wouldn’t Abbott squark if he was a GP, he was not happy about his reduced salary when he went into Opposition in 2007. Apart from the obvious aim of this govt to Americanize our health system, why would anyone want to reduce GP’s earnings, they seem to work harder and longer hours than anyone.

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    kelanne

    The change to Level A/B consultations will have effects that this government hasn’t foreseen or if it has it doesn’t care so long as they save money. My husband is a GP who works only in aged care; he employs a nurse practitioner to maximise the effectiveness of his practice. We have spent from Boxing Day to New Year’s Day working out how he can work his practice from January 19 when these changes take effect without leaving patients without a doctor. Unfortunately, it will not be possible for him to continue seeing about 90 people in 3 facilities if he is to spend the minimum 10 minutes with most to receive the current rebate. This will still result in a 1/3 pay cut, but fortunately our children are now adults so we can absorb that. He is now officially semi-retired.

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    old greybeard

    One way they could cut the costs would be by letting people pay a small fee for renewals of long running prescriptions. This used to be available for 5 dollars at my local medical centre. I take two medications, and have for over 20 years, that are likely to be lifelong and they work just fine, but every two scripts, back to the doc.

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    kelanne

    Not sure if the above was entirely clear – the decision is to cut his patient load by 90 who reside in 3 facilities, leaving him able to see about 260 in 4 others and comply with the new rules – obviously he doesn’t see every one of them every week.

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    zut alors

    Abbott is a wrecker, he has no constructive policies despite the risible claim he wishes to be known as the ‘infrastructure PM’.

    His expertise is in wrecking & dismantling. At an incalculable cost to our nation.

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    David Hand

    “Destroy Medicare!!!”
    “Introduce an American two-tier system!!!”

    So much hyperventilation over a lousy five bucks.

    The alternative is more money and when that runs out, yet more money. The medical profession is compulsively unable to have a value for money conversation about any health spending whatsoever.

    Where’s the money coming from? Our grandchildren of course.

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    drsmithy

    So much hyperventilation over a lousy five bucks.

    No, about a completely transparent attempt to begin disassembling publicly funded healthcare which, for some unfathomable reason, the right hate with a special passion.

    The co-payment proposal doesn’t even have a coherent argument behind it, let alone any evidence.

    The alternative is more money and when that runs out, yet more money. The medical profession is compulsively unable to have a value for money conversation about any health spending whatsoever.

    Australia has one of the most cost-effective healthcare systems in the world.

    Where’s the money coming from? Our grandchildren of course.

    No, us, right now, of course.

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    AR

    DrS – Nice dissection of OneHand fapping.
    I still suspect that it is not a soft machine but a poorly programmed Turin word generator with a limited range of RWNJ responses to any given topic.
    Shame that we can’t even manage our own Strayan ratbags – the script is pure teabagger, almost cut’n’paste from mad Mark brainStain’s foamings re Obamacare.

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    Norman Hanscombe

    Melissa, what’s far more interesting is how so many posters seem oblivious to the fact that Labor understood co-payments was one of the needed actions to deal with the unsupportable increases developing in the Health System, and set out [until we realised it wasn’t a popular step] to implement it.

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    drsmithy

    Melissa, what’s far more interesting is how so many posters seem oblivious to the fact that Labor understood co-payments was one of the needed actions to deal with the unsupportable increases developing in the Health System, and set out [until we realised it wasn’t a popular step] to implement it.

    What are these “unsupportable increases developing in the Health System” ?

    If they are costs, why can’t they be covered through general taxation, or an increase to the Medicare Levy ?

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