Healthcare matters

Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing, Mark Butler joined Member for Dobell, Emma McBride on Wednesday to discuss Labor’s plan for better healthcare on the Coast.

Member for Dobell, Emma McBride and Shadow Minister for Heath and Aging, Mark Butler.

13 May 2022


EMMA McBRIDE, who before becoming a local MP, was a pharmacist of 20 years and is acutely aware that locals are struggling to get the healthcare they need when they need it.


“We have a GP crisis on the Coast, our hospitals are overwhelmed, and the cost of prescription medicines is through the roof,” Ms. McBride said.


“In fact, 37 per cent of women on the north end of the Coast are struggling to afford lifesaving medications, while 20 per cent of locals have been forced to go without altogether.


“This has happened under the Morrison Government’s watch, and it’s not good enough.


“That’s why Labor will reduce the cost of prescription medications from $42.50 to $30 – so Coasties can get the healthcare they need.”


For people taking two medications a month, this could help them save up to $300 a year.


Labor will also recognise the Central Coast as a priority area so local practices can recruit and retain more GPs.


Labor will also establish two Medicare Urgent Care Clinics on the Coast to help ease the burden on hospital emergency departments.


Before Labor introduced Medicare, healthcare costs were the number one cause of bankruptcy in Australia.


Just last year, the Morrison Government decided to cut the Medicare rebate for hip, shoulder, hand, and cardiac procedures leaving people to choose between a huge bill or cancelling life-changing surgeries. And as the Grapevine has previously reported, Liberal candidate Dr. Michael Feneley has supported health cuts, yet has the audacity to try and convince Coasties in his election handouts that the Morrison Government is investing heavily in healthcare - NOT SO!


Labor is the party that built Medicare and only Labor will protect it for the future.

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