Malcolm Turnbull says that the Coalition will "never, ever, privatise Medicare". Given the wide public support for Medicare and Malcolm Turnbull’s way with words, his attempted rebuttal is not surprising.

But the Coalition has been eroding Medicare from within for a decade and a half since John Howard. The vehicle for this erosion is private health insurance (PHI), and the government is facilitating this process with the $11 billion p.a. taxpayer funded subsidy to support private health insurance.