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Health costs soaring

under Morrison Government

It was only last year that the Coalition Government began gutting Medicare with experts warning the radical Medicare overhaul would leave patients facing much larger medical bills and leave some unable to afford important surgery. The Australian Medical Association said the changes could trigger "chaos" for patients and doctors.

15 March 2022

 

AFTER almost a decade of this Government, it has never been more difficult or more expensive to see a GP on the Central Coast.

 

Member for Dobell, Emma McBride said "As a pharmacist of 20 years, who worked at Wyong Hospital, I know our community is in the middle of a GP crisis and it’s only getting worse."

 

In 2019-20, the number of patients in Dobell who had their GP appointment bulk-billed was 75.1 per cent, while that percentage dropped to 24.3 per cent for specialists.

 

Yesterday's claim from the Prime Minister that Dobell has one of the highest bulk-billing rates for GPs across the country just doesn’t stack up.

 

The benefits of bulk-billing are also lost when locals can’t get in to see a GP in the first place, because of the GP shortage in our community.

 

Out-of-pocket costs in Dobell have also gone up under the Morrison Government.

 

In fact, the average out-of-pocket cost to see a GP went up by 37 per cent under the Liberals, an increase of $9.53.

 

Meanwhile, the cost of seeing a specialist has skyrocketed by 53 per cent or $35.16.

 

"In a country like Australia, people should have access to affordable healthcare, close to home when they need it," said Ms. McBride.

 

"Unfortunately, after almost a decade of this Government, people on the north end of the Coast are being left behind."

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