Chifley families will pay more than $10 million dollars a year to see their GP under the Abbott Government’s cruel $7 GP tax.
Figures released by Opposition Leader Bill Shorten today confirm that Chifley families will be the nation’s hardest hit by the GP tax announced in last week’s Abbott-Hockey Federal Budget.
“$10.2m out of the pockets of Chifley residents who struggle as it is to meet the daily cost of living is a crushing blow,” said Chifley MP Ed Husic.
“Federal Labor has vowed to oppose the GP tax and I will firmly continue to do so,” Mr Husic said.
“Labor believes Medicare is sacred and imposing this $7 slug on families is heartless.
“Chifley has the highest bulk billing rate in the nation at 99% and the reason for that is GPs are fully aware families in the electorate would struggle to find money to see them.
“GPs are already telling me just a week after the Budget that number of people visiting their rooms has dropped.”
Mr Husic pointed out that since coming to office the Abbott Government has moved to extract nearly $20m in healthcare from the Chifley electorate alone.
“On top of the $10m they will snare from families and individuals visiting local GPs, the Abbott Government has also taken the $6.5m dedicated to installing a new MRI machine at Mt Druitt Hospital.
“This is a scandalous smash and grab by the Abbott Government, that will have a terrible impact on the quality of healthcare for Chifley residents,” he said.
“Figures drawn from Medicare data reveal nine of the top 10 that will be hardest hit by the GP Tax are from Sydney, Chifley sadly is at the top of the list. “