TAMMY SOLONEC LA­BOR PARTY

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - The best way to sup­port our age­ing pop­u­la­tion is to pro­tect Medi­care. Elderly peo­ple in par­tic­u­lar, rely on im­por­tant med­i­cal ser­vices that the Turn­bull Gov­ern­ment wants us to pay more for. Un­der Mal­colm Turn­bull all Aus­tralians will have to pay

GEN­ERAL: What mea­sures are re­quired for the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to com­bat the out-of­con­trol metham­phetamine ad­dic­tion in the com­mu­nity?

La­bor wel­comed the re­lease of the Na­tional Ice Task­force Re­port in De­cem­ber of last year. The Task­force iden­ti­fied strate­gies to take a sys­tem­atic and co-or­di­nated ap­proach to ed­u­ca­tion, health and law en­force­ment in or­der to tackle ice use. The re­port con­cluded that law en­force­ment ef­forts will only suc­ceed if more is done to re­duce de­mand, bet­ter co­or­di­nate pre­ven­tion strate­gies and ex­pand treat­ment ser­vices, par­tic­u­larly com­mu­nity sup­port ser­vices. I have been hear­ing about this need from peo­ple in Swan and in my ca­reer I have been a strong ad­vo­cate for early in­ter­ven­tion, pre­ven­tion and di­ver­sion to ad­dress crime.

GEN­ERAL: How can the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment deal with the health bur­den cre­ated by Aus­tralia's age­ing pop­u­la­tion?

more to see the doc­tor and for medicines to get the treat­ment they need. This can lead to their health con­di­tions de­te­ri­o­rat­ing and peo­ple be­ing ad­mit­ted to hospi­tal, mean­ing worse out­comes for the pa­tient and greater costs to our health sys­tem. We need to en­sure that the elderly who rely on the pen­sion to get by, have ac­cess to bulk billing when needed.

GEN­ERAL: Has Medi­care bulk billing be­come un­sus­tain­able, ren­der­ing fu­ture co-pay­ments and pre-pay­ments in­evitable?

Ab­so­lutely not. No­body wants to head down the same path as Amer­ica when it comes to our health sys­tem. That's why a Shorten La­bor Gov­ern­ment will re­store in­dex­a­tion of the Medi­care Ben­e­fits Sched­ule from 1 Jan­uary 2017. This will ap­ply to all ser­vices pro­vided by GPs, al­lied health and other health prac­ti­tion­ers and med­i­cal spe­cial­ists.

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