Home Speeches & Opinion Medicare Campaign launch - May 14 2003
Medicare Campaign launch - May 14 2003
The National Secretary Craig Thomson launched the union's Medicare campaign at a rally at St Vincents Hospital in Melbourne.
The Federal Budget handed down in Canberra yesterday confirmed what we already knew: the Howard Government is intent on pulling apart Medicare.
Its Fairer Medicare package is nothing of the sort. It is a way for John Howard to do what he always wanted to Medicare - to destroy it.
What they want to do is make bulk billing available only for those who are pensioners and concession card holders.
The rest of us, and that includes working families earning about $30,000 a year, can pay whatever the doctor chooses to charge.
If you think the amount you pay at the doctor is not going to increase you are in for a rude shock.
But the reason we are here today is that we are not prepared to stand for these changes and we are prepared to campaign not only to stop them but to make Medicare stronger and get more money into the public health system.
We need Medicare because John Howard doesn't care.
The union's campaign will run across the country and we will be encouraging members to get involved whereever they work.
It will involve talking to politicians from all parties and making them understand how hard it is working in the public hospital system now and how much busier it is going to get if these changes to Medicare go through.
I ask you to join me in making this a campaign a success because it is critical for all Australians that John Howard doesn't finally get his way on Medicare.
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