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Monday, September 20, 2004

Safety Net - if you can afford it

The Government's Medicare safety net is at last coming unstuck.  Isn't it completely obvious that having a safety net that requires people to be able to afford either $300 or $700 a year on healthcare is going to favour people with money?  So we now have the situation where the biggest claims are made by the richest areas of Australia, surprise, surprise.  If the policy was fair then surely the poorer electorates would be the winners, after all can anyone question the proposition that more income equals better health, therefore less need for medical assistance?  Not so, the safety net figures show that more income appears to mean worse health in Abbott's Oz.  Yet again it is a story of welfare for the rich at the expense of services for all from this despicable regime.

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