Australians protest government’s new medicare plan

Published on 4 Jan 2014
Australia’s health care system is believed to be one of the best in the world. But things could take a turn for the worst if plans to alter the current Medicare scheme are put into practice.

The Abbott government recently announced plans to re-introduce a six-dollar fee for every visit to the doctor, with the potential of expanding this to emergency room visitations. A large number of people turned up at a protest outside Sydney’s Town Hall to rally against these changes, which will allegedly affect those Australians who need medical assistance the most Although the government has said that pensioners and students will be exempt from the fee, groups such as the National Union of Students aren’t buying into this. The Liberal Party claims that these changes are necessary to relieve pressure on the health budget and make health care more sustainable and manageable. However, other political parties, such as the Greens, say this is false information.

The rally made its way through Sydney CBD, collecting public support along the way. Hundreds of Aussies representing different groups each bound together in defense of a long-loved health care system. While a formal decision is yet to be made, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has strictly said that he will not rule out plans to introduce Medicare reforms.

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