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TASMANIANS PAYING MORE TO SEE THE DOCTOR UNDER THE LIBERALS

January 03, 2019

TASMANIANS PAYING MORE TO SEE THE DOCTOR UNDER THE LIBERALS
 

2018 has marked another year of record health costs for Tasmanians under the Liberals; with official Government data revealing that Tasmanian consumers are now subject to the highest percentage increase in out of pocket expenses to see a GP since Scott Morrison became Treasurer in 2015.

Federal Member for Braddon Justine Keay said, “The latest Commonwealth Government health data has revealed Tasmanians are paying more to see a doctor and have been subject to a 13% increase in costs which is the highest of any state or territory in the nation.
 
“These figures are further proof of what Tasmanians already know: that Scott Morrison and the Liberals have driven health costs to record highs.
 
“After five years of Liberal cuts and chaos – including the ongoing Medicare freeze – Government figures show that almost 46,000 Tasmanians are now forced to skip basic health care due to cost.
 
“This includes just over 32,000 who skip GP care and another 14,000 who skip specialist care – both as a direct result of out of pocket costs under the Liberals.
 
“This year’s increases will put even greater pressure on the Tasmanian health system that is in crisis under the Liberals.

“Emergency departments are struggling to cope with increasing numbers because people just can’t afford to see a doctor.
 
Justine Keay also said, “Scott Morrison is determined to cut Medicare by keeping parts of his Medicare freeze in place until 2020 - driving out of pocket costs up even higher.
 
“As Treasurer, Scott Morrison personally extended the Liberals’ Medicare freeze by two years, cutting another $925 million from Medicare.
 
“Despite claiming more than 18 months ago that he would end the Medicare freeze, Mr Morrison’s freeze will remain in place for specialist procedures and allied health consultations until July 2019.
 
“Another 100 GP items are scheduled to remain frozen until July 2020 – including items for urgent after-hours care, health checks for older Australians and vulnerable groups, and incentives for cervical screening.
 
“Only Labor will end the Liberals’ Medicare freeze and defend our universal health care system.
 

GP attendances

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018-19

2015-16

$ increase

% increase

 

YTD Jul-Sep

YTD Jul-Sep

Australia

36.47

32.33

$4.1

11.4%

NSW

35.51

31.30

$4.2

11.9%

VIC

36.03

31.70

$4.3

12.0%

QLD

37.02

32.80

$4.2

11.4%

SA

32.19

28.19

$4.0

12.4%

WA

38.66

35.26

$3.4

8.8%

TAS

37.73

32.72

$5.0

13.3%

NT

45.90

42.81

$3.1

6.7%

ACT

43.78

38.27

$5.5

12.6%

 
 

Source - http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/Quarterly-Medicare-Statistics


FRIDAY 3 JANUARY 2019

MEDIA CONTACT:  JOHN DOWLING – 0417 575 148

Authorised by Noah Carroll, ALP, Canberra.