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The coalition’s Medicare policy: Be afraid. Be very afraid.

24/06/2016


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When Tony Shepard appeared on Lateline, he said something about his proposal to government in regards to what he called ‘outsourcing the back processing’ that Emma Alberici missed.

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And the system is really clunky and old. You know, we have eight definitions of income within that system. So writing the software to make that work is difficult. I think there is one group of pensioners: there is only 400 of them in a specific category. I mean, that just makes the system very hard to manage.

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What he is inferring here is somehow the outsourced version of medicare will not have eight definitions of income or that one group of pensioners will no longer belong to a specific category.

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Here is the clear falsehood. First he claims that all this is is a outsourcing of the back processing. Then he infers that the new system would not include categories that the government had specifically legislated for, including categories of income tax! This is not outsourcing back processing! This is rewriting the entire system and taking clear government decisions out of government hands!

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The 400 pensioners that Tony Shepard mentioned is one particular case. Is he referring to spouses of war veterans? Or people with different disabilities?

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You see, what Tony Shepard fails to understand is people are different. They do not fit in boxes. That they all have to be treated as individuals, even in a very large system. He seems to see this as inefficient. And chunky. He doesn’t seem to think that people should be seen as people.

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So he is not talking about back processing. He is talking about companies that will decide what is income and what pensioners belong where.

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But lets assume that the companies who take on the payments system do not change the categories or the payment types. Lets say they do not change income categories. That all they do is deliver the payment.

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They will not be doing this service for nothing. They work for profit.

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They will be demanding a fee for every time a client uses their system. Every time. This fee maybe charged to the government, which means Australians pay more for medicare. Or it will be charged to doctors who will then pass it on to their clients, which means Australians pay more for medicare. Or they can directly charge consumers, which means Australians pay more for medicare.

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Every time you use your Medicare card and use their system, you will be paying more. A co-payment by any other name.

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What you should remember before taking Malcolm Turnbull at his word in regards to Medicare policy is this: he was in cabinet in 2014, 2015, 2016. In 2014, this ‘enquiry’ began. It ran through 2015, and 2016 where it was set upon by the media in February and they called it privatisation then.

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Further, in the budget that was recently passed; you know – ‘the Turnbull government’s economic plan for jobs and growth’ – this 50 bn proposed change was still in there!

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Suddenly, last Friday, Turnbull dropped the whole thing. A process that had been ongoing for three years, a process that he had to defend in February, a process that was in his own budget – he suddenly says no longer exists. Apparently its only about outsourcing the back processing. Yet Tony Shepard seems to think this also includes redefining the taxation income system and reassessing categories of pensioners so he can force all the square pegs into his little round hole.

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This is NOT just a matter of back processing. This is the redefinition of critical medical coverage. This is the redefinition of tax income.

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This is a system where when you use your medicare card, you will need your credit card.

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Every time you use your medicare card, the company that will be running the system on behalf of the government will be asking you to ‘Pay me my money down’

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Ashraf Ghebranious 24/06/2016
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