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Government must rule out obesity fee thought bubble: Greens

Australian Greens health spokesperson and chair of the inquiry into the Commission of Audit, Dr Richard Di Natale, said today that allowing Private Health Insurers to charge more depending on someone’s weight and other “lifestyle factors” would be a big mistake.

“Charging people more for health insurance based on risk factors like weight is a prescription for a health system that is more expensive and less fair,” said Senator Di Natale, a doctor and former public health professional.

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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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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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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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Medicare – 30 years old and fighting for its life: Greens

Australian Greens health spokesperson, Dr Richard Di Natale, warned that today on Medicare’s 30th birthday, it has never been more in danger.

“Today we celebrate the birthday of Medicare, one of Australia’s greatest public policy success stories,” said Senator Di Natale. “For 30 years Medicare has helped to keep all Australians healthy, no matter what their bank balance was or whether they had a chronic illness.

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Abbott razor gang’s attack on Medicare

Acting Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Richard Di Natale, said today that Tony Abbott’s razor gang is attacking Medicare by proposing to make it more expensive for Australians to see their doctor.

“The Greens won’t stand by while Tony Abbott’s razor gang attacks Australia’s system of universal healthcare,” said Senator Di Natale, a former GP.

“The cost for patients accessing health care is already on the rise but instead of planning to reduce that cost barrier, Tony Abbott’s razor gang wants to make it more expensive.

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Abbott’s audit will hurt patients: Greens

Australian Greens health spokesperson, Senator Richard Di Natale, today said that the Abbott Government is playing the country for fools when it comes to health care.

“Abbott’s Commission of Audit should ring alarm bells for patients across the country,” said Senator Di Natale.

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Patients will pay more to see a doctor under Abbott: Greens

Rachel Siewert 16 Oct 2013

The Australian Greens have today criticised the Abbott Government for allowing out-of-pocket healthcare costs to rise in order to save the budget $664 million.

It was reported today that the Federal Government will not stop the previous government’s freeze on Medicare rebate indexations, which could see the cost of a GP visit rise by up to $2 and a drop in the number of bulk-billing GPs.

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