Protecting Medicare

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Protecting Medicare

Labor created Medicare, and Australians know we will always protect it.

In contrast, the Liberal Party doesn't like Medicare. They never have, and probably never will.

Mr Morrison’s new Health Minister has previously said she doesn’t think Medicare is sustainable. And who can forget Peter Dutton’s plan for a $7 per visit tax on GP consultations.

The truth is, deep down the Liberals want the Australian health system to resemble that of the United States. This is not the right or equitable path, and it’s ultimately more expensive.

Labor has a practical and targeted plan to improve our health services.

Our Medicare Urgent Clinics plan will expand incentives to enable existing GP clinics to take pressure off hospitals, and expand urgent care. This will make it easier for Australian families to see a doctor or a nurse when they have an urgent, but not life-threatening, need for care.

We also need to support healthcare workers. A recent survey found that 1 in 5 frontline workers, including nurses, are considering switching careers because of the pandemic.

This is why Labor will commit up to $23 million to the National Nurse and Midwife Health Service that will help keep nurses in the job, caring for Australians.