Jul 5, 2016

Rural Australia has always worried about access to Medicare

Rural and remote Australians didn't need a scare campaign to make them worry about access to health services; they've been worried for years. Crikey intern Tessa Fox reports.

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Many are crediting Labor’s Mediscare campaign with the shock swing against the Coalition, but availability of Medicare services has always been a concern in rural and remote Australia. While Labor spooked voters into believing the Coalition would privatise Medicare and increase the costs of seeing a GP, residents of country Australia are already missing out on $2 million in health funding.

The average yearly Medicare spend per person living in the city is $910, compared to $536 for those living in rural and remote areas.

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3 thoughts on “Rural Australia has always worried about access to Medicare

  1. Moita Natoon

    The National Party has supplied the Deputy PM for some years now. Why was the situation not fixed?

  2. Don Willoughby

    Step 1.
    Get fast broadband upload and download. I was called the NBN. That is the backbone of better service delivery to rural and remote areas.

  3. bushby jane

    Both the previous comments are spot on. The nbn is a no show where I live, thanks to Turnbull.

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