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    JimW

    Christine,

    Interesting hypocrisy in your commentary. You claim that there is no justification as to why the PBAC process has been “sidelined” yet in the same article you demonstrate a clear understanding of competing priorities by asking whether pensioners would want set top boxes or their medicines subsidised.

    The same argument of competing priorities is exactly why all PBAC recommendations should go to Cabinet, to assess them against competing priorities, or are you advocating that the PBAC is a committee that tells Government not how taxpayers’ money would or could be spent but instead tells Government how taxpayers’ money “must” be spent. Establishing (or more correctly maintaining) such an arrangement is very dangerous indeed, lets say for example that the decision to fund set top boxes came following a recommendation of an expert digital committee, would this mean that it is heresy to question such spending.

    By the way Christine, I presume you write to Nicola Roxon on a regular basis asking her to close down the Herceptin program which continues to spend tens of millions of taxpayers dollars every year, despite the drug not being recommended by the PBAC.

    Regards

    Jim.

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    JimW

    Carol,

    Interesting hypocrisy in your commentary. You claim that there is no justification as to why the PBAC process has been “sidelined” yet in the same article you demonstrate a clear understanding of competing priorities by asking whether pensioners would want set top boxes or their medicines subsidised.

    The same argument of competing priorities is exactly why all PBAC recommendations should go to Cabinet, to assess them against competing priorities, or are you advocating that the PBAC is a committee that tells Government not how taxpayers’ money would or could be spent but instead tells Government how taxpayers’ money “must” be spent. Establishing (or more correctly maintaining) such an arrangement is very dangerous indeed, lets say for example that the decision to fund set top boxes came following a recommendation of an expert digital committee, would this mean that it is heresy to question such spending.

    By the way Christine, I presume you write to Nicola Roxon on a regular basis asking her to close down the Herceptin program which continues to spend tens of millions of taxpayers dollars every year, despite the drug not being recommended by the PBAC.

    Regards

    Jim.

    Reply
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    Maggie

    HI,
    I’m a bit confused about the “dental health” statement. Is the Medicare Free Dental Scheme still operating? It is a fantastic scheme for people with mental health issues.

    It provides $4,250 worth of free dental treatment over two years and many people with mental health issues would fit under the guidelines.

    Does anyone know if it is still operating?

    Reply

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