I would have expected more a push toward sahm.
Like everyone else im very very keen to see where all these feckin jobs are going to come from.
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Have you heard Hockey about the GP copayment? Something along the lines of "No parent would refuse a visit to the GP for their sick child when it would only cost them the price of 2 beers or 1/3 of a pack of cigarettes"
Anyway it looks pretty clear that it won't pass senate
here is what he exactly said
“One of the things that quite astounds me is some people are screaming about [the] $7 co-payment,” the treasurer said.
“One packet of cigarettes costs $22; that gives you three visits to the doctor. You can spend just over $3 on a middy of beer so that's two middies of beer to go to the doctor. Let's have some perspective about the costs of taking care of our health, and is a parent really going to deny their sick child a visit to the doctor which would be the equivalent payment of a couple of beers or one third of a packet of cigarettes?”
This budget has capped off a REALLY crappy week for me to the point that I just sit at home crying at the moment as I can't see a way out.
Last edited by Little Ted; 15-05-2014 at 12:36.
His stereotyping that poor people drink and smoke is revolting, as well as the notion that $7 is nothing. We can afford the extra $7 to see a dr, but $7 to a single mum is school lunches for the week. And lets not forget, very few drs even bulk bill anymore. Our local surgeries charge $75-80 per consult, even to HCC holders. So that will now go up to $82-87 a visit.
I'm not sure what planet he's living on thinking HCC have easy access to bulk billing drs. So out of touch
What the hell, he has got no idea!! I am lucky enough that I currently have a bulk billing dr, he is the only one that will bulk bill me in that practice too, the other drs are $60-$70 before the rebate (around $30), my dr thinks that all people should be bulk billed. I have a chronic health condition, so $7 every time, plus the increase in my medications (which I will have for life), plus the blood tests/CT scans/other repeat tests etc that I have to get done over the year adds up pretty quickly, and most of these already have a gap that I have to pay.
Now throw in the new baby and my DH (who is luckily healthy thus far touch wood!), that starts getting pretty exxy. We have PHI as well (which we struggle to pay at times) to make sure i can get procedures done by my specialist when I need them promptly - where does it end!?
All this will do is raise ER visits through the roof.
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