SHARON CLAYDON MP MEMBER FOR NEWCASTLE CHAIR, MEDICARE TASKFORCE
EMMA MCBRIDE MP MEMBER FOR DOBELL
MEDICARE TASKFORCE VISITS THE CENTRAL COAST
On this day, 33 years ago, the Hawke Labor Government launched Medicare, bringing universal health care to all Australians.
Medicare is as important today as it was on the 1st February 1984, and Labor’s Medicare Taskforce is on the Central Coast today to listen to patients and health workers about their experience in our local health system.
Sharon Claydon MP, Taskforce Chair, will be joined by paediatrician Dr Mike Freelander MP, and pharmacist and local MP, Emma McBride.
“The Turnbull Government has extended the Medicare rebate freeze and this is having a major impact on doctors and patients. This has to change. Labor wants to end the rebate freeze and ensure universal healthcare through Medicare is protected,” Taskforce Chairperson Sharon Claydon said.
“Labor is holding these consultations around the country because we are serious about the health of all Australians, particularly those living in regional areas.”
“The Government’s track record in this area is dismal, they’ve churned through three Health Ministers in four years. They are not listening to patients, carers or health workers.”
“The Central Coast is growing and health services must keep up. Medicare and bulk billing is vital for people to get the care they need, when they need it,” Dobell MP Emma McBride said.
“Increases in upfront costs and delays in processing rebates are hurting people. We are hearing from people today who are hundreds and sometime thousands of dollars out of pocket.”
The Medicare Taskforce will visit an Indigenous Health Centre, optometrist and pharmacy in Wyong before hosting a number of roundtables with patients and medical practitioners.