Abbott’s hospital tax another broken promise on health

Abbott’s hospital tax another broken promise on health

Tony Abbott’s tax on hospital visits will mean Australians face greater out-of-pocket costs for healthcare, Terri Butler MP said today.

“First a GP tax, now Tony Abbott wants to introduce a Hospital tax,” she said.

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WEDNESDAY, 9 APRIL 2014

ABBOTT’S HOSPITAL TAX ANOTHER BROKEN PROMISE ON HEALTH

Tony Abbott’s tax on hospital visits will mean Australians face greater out-of-pocket costs for healthcare, Terri Butler MP said today.

“First a GP tax, now Tony Abbott wants to introduce a Hospital tax,” she said.

“Tony Abbott went to the Federal election with hand on heart, promising no new taxes and no cuts to health. Mr Abbott’s Hospital Tax is just another broken promise on health.

“Mr Abbott’s tax on hospital visits is against the fundamental principles of Medicare.

“Putting a tax on hospital visits will mean that people in our community will not get the medical help they need, because they’ll be worried about how it will affect the family budget,” Ms Butler said.

“The decision about whether to seek medical assistance for your family members will become an economic choice rather than one based on what’s best for their health.

“Mr Abbott is fast making healthcare unaffordable for Australians.

“The Newman LNP Government should stand up for universal access to our health system in Queensland, and tell Mr Abbott that Queenslanders want no part of his Hospital Tax.

“The Abbott Government has already cut spending on health and hospitals in Queensland by nearly $100m, has cut investment in primary health care, and plans to tax visits to the GP.

“Mr Abbott’s new Hospital Tax will drive us further toward an American-style health system, where health inflation is much greater than general inflation, and where every actor in the health system is driven by the profit imperative,” she said.

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