Last week, news broke that Mr Turnbull and the Coalition are considering privatising Medicare, aged care and veterans’ payments.1
This means the payments system would be run by a private multinational corporation and there would be no guarantees that our patient records would be kept in Australia.
It’s not just these cuts either. They’re making huge cuts to pathology and diagnostic testing that would mean huge upfront costs for patients. It just seems that attacking Medicare is in the Liberals’ and the Nationals’ DNA.
But Medicare isn’t the Liberals’ to sell – it’s for the benefit of you, your family and for all Australians. Together we helped stop the GP Tax, and now we need to stand up again to protect our Medicare.
We’ve got a chance to do just that. A new minister has just taken the job as Minister for Human Services — Alan Tudge. As a new minister, we should let him know what Australians think about this plan from the get go.
Let’s make it clear to him that he should rule out privatising Medicare as his first act. Can you call the incoming minister and tell him that he should rule out privatising Medicare today? Click here to get the number and some talking points.
Thousands of you stood up last week and we got our Facebook graphic in front of over half a million people! Now we have another opportunity to be even more effective in getting our message across. We need to make sure there is no doubt in this new minister’s mind that Australians don’t want this plan.
We’ll give you some talking points to help you on the call, but ultimately we have one message — don’t privatise our Medicare. Click here to make your quick call and tell Alan Tudge today.
I know you and I will never give up defending our universal health care system — and we can make sure this new minister understands that.
Thanks for your support,
Senator Doug Cameron
Shadow Minister for Human Services