Fight back (video)

Out-of-pocket costs for some GP consultations will go up by about $20 next week.

Taking $3.5 billion out of general practice will be harmful to the health of Australians. Many organisations, including the AMA, RACGP and the Consumers Health Platform, are strongly opposing the Government’s revised co-payment plan.

Sign the petition to stand up and show the Government that your health, that of your families, and a viable healthcare system matters most. Over 40,000 people have signed already.

Update 17/01/14

The petition has been a success. Here’s the official message from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners:

16 Jan 2015 — We did it! With the overwhelming support of the Australian community and your 44,500+ signatures, the government has cancelled its plans to cut Medicare rebates by up to $25. The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) sincerely thanks all of you for taking the time to sign our petition and send the message that your health, that of your families, and a viable healthcare system matters.

While this is a fantastic achievement, there is more work to be done. The government has made clear it will continue to push forward with its proposals to implement a $5 cut to rebates for most GP services from July 1 and freeze on MBS indexation until 2018.

The RACGP’s ‘You’ve been targeted’ campaign will continue to evolve and we encourage you to stay engaged. Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley has committed to initiating genuine consultations with the profession and the RACGP looks forward to working collaboratively with Government to develop a sustainable future primary healthcare system for all Australians.

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