Australian Greens health spokesperson, Dr Richard Di Natale, today said that the COAG Reform Council’s report into healthcare reform demonstrates precisely why the Abbott Government’s budget is a bad prescription.
“Rather than addressing the health challenges facing Australia, Joe Hockey’s budget will just make them worse,” said Senator Di Natale, a former GP and public health professional.
“The COAG health report tells us that we need to do much more to combat growing rates of obesity and diabetes which means an investment in prevention and primary care. Instead Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey are ripping hundreds of millions out of prevention and want to make it harder to see a GP.
“Hockey’s budget is a short-sighted prescription for a two-tiered, American-style health system that will shift costs to state governments and cause long-term health costs to spiral out of control.
“The Treasurer’s nonsensical defence of his budget’s health reforms this morning proved once again that this government is simply clueless when it comes to healthcare. It has provided no evidence for why a co-payment is necessary and hasn’t even modelled the impact of implementing it.
“The problem is that this reckless government doesn’t seem capable of anything more sophisticated than taking their Tea Party-style ideological preferences and applying a first-year undergraduate understanding of economics to all areas of public policy.
“It’s no surprise that such a simplistic and superficial thinking has produced a prescription for Australia’s health system that is completely out of step with the evidence and the experts.”
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