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Don’t make out-of-pocket health costs worse: Greens

Australian Greens Health Spokesperson, Dr Richard Di Natale, said today that a report from the New South Wales Bureau of Health Information confirmed that people were already staying away from the doctor because of high costs.

“The Abbott Government believes that it’s too easy for Australians to see a doctor when the opposite is true,” said Senator Di Natale.

A new report today shows that 15 per cent of people in New South Wales are putting off visits to the doctor, filling prescriptions or getting tests done because of the cost.

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National drugs summit needed to deal with prescription drug overdoses

Australian Greens Health Spokesperson, Dr Richard Di Natale, said today that we need a national summit on drugs to look at the issue of prescription drug overdoses.

“I plan to host a national summit in Canberra to look at illicit drugs, prescription drugs and emerging synthetic drugs because it makes no sense to look at any of these issues in isolation. The prescription drug and illicit drug market interact with each other so changes in one will impact on the other,” said Senator Di Natale.

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Emergency department fee is the wrong prescription: Greens

Australian Greens Health Spokesperson, Dr Richard Di Natale, said today that the proposal to charge people who present to Emergency Rooms will have serious health consequences for many Australians.

“Slugging patients to see their GP or going to the hospital is a bad prescription for a problem we don't have,” said Senator Di Natale.

“Treating health problems early rather than waiting for them to become serious is good for patients and good for taxpayers. That’s why it’s important that Australians don’t have to think about whether they can afford to see their doctor.

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Invest proceeds of Medibank sale into health care: Greens

Australian Greens health spokesperson, Dr Richard Di Natale, said today that it was no surprise that this government's version of economic reform was simply to flog off public assets.

“The sale of Medicare Private simply to deal with an invented budget emergency is lazy and short sighted,” said Senator Di Natale.

“Coalition governments seem to sing from the same song book. They make a song and dance about a budget crisis which they use as a prop to slash funding to services and sell off public assets to their mates in the big end of town.

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Greens will block plan to tear down Medicare

News reports today indicate that the Abbott Government has a secret plan to slash bulk-billing and increase the cost of medicines.

Australian Greens health spokesperson and former GP, Dr Richard Di Natale, said today that the Greens will block any attempt to tear down Medicare in the Senate.

“The Abbott Government is determined to tear down Medicare no matter the cost,” said Senator Di Natale.

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ANPHA backs Greens call to close alcohol loophole

The Australian National Preventive Health Agency has today released a draft report on alcohol advertising. Australian Greens health spokesperson, Dr Richard Di Natale said today that ANPHA’s report is an endorsement of the Greens position on alcohol advertising.

“The time has come to get grog ads out of sport,” said Senator Di Natale.

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Greens call for Morwell fire to be declared a state of emergency

Victorian Greens Leader, Greg Barber, joined Australian Greens health spokesperson, Dr Richard Di Natale, this morning in Melbourne to call for the Morwell fire to be declared a state of emergency.

“The first responsibility of a government is to protect its people and that is not happening in Morwell,” said Mr Barber.

“The Napthine Government must cut through the bureaucratic infighting and take action to protect people. Lives are at risk.

“A state of emergency must be declared under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act. We cannot afford to fiddle while Rome burns.”

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Build up Medicare, don’t tear it down: Greens

Australian Greens health spokesperson and former GP, Dr Richard Di Natale, said today that the Health Minister was misleading the public about a crisis in healthcare costs in order to dismantle Medicare.

“The Abbott Government’s plan to make you pay more to see a doctor is motivated entirely by ideology,” said Senator Di Natale.

“The Health Minister claims that health costs are spiralling out of control when in reality spending has increased only slightly as a proportion of GDP over the last decade.

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