Aug 28, 2014

Tony Abbott’s double hit on sick in Inner West

Inner West families struggling to make ends meet will be hit hard by Tony Abbott’s $7 co-payment and medicine price hike.

Health Department figures obtained by Labor have revealed the combination of the GP tax and medicine price increase will cost each person an average of $220.

Labor believes people should get the health care they need, not the health care they can afford.

Families in Grayndler shouldn’t need to think twice about whether they can afford to go to the doctor or not.

Tony Abbott promised the Australian people ‘no cuts to health’ before the election. He also said he was ‘about getting rid of taxes, not imposing new taxes’.

Tony Abbott broke that promise when he cut more than $50 billion from hospitals and hit sick Australians with a $7 GP Tax.

Tony Abbott also wants to force sick Australians to pay an extra $1.2 billion for medicines over the next four years.  For patients in the Inner West it will mean paying 15 per cent more for prescription medicines.

The Health Department figures show that in total the GP Tax and medicine price hikes will cost sick Australians in the Inner West $32,459,426 more over the next four years.

The Abbott Government‘s GP Tax will also put more pressure on Australia’s hospital system and lead to much worse health outcomes.

Labor is the only party that can be trusted with Australia’s health system and we will fight any attempt to dismantle universal healthcare in Australia.