Federal Liberal Government cuts undermine the principles of fair and equitable access and put your health in jeopardy.
35% of all Australians suffer from a highly preventable chronic condition and chronic diseases also contribute to 90% of all Australian deaths.
But in the last two Federal Budgets, the Liberal Party cut over $1.3 billion from preventative health programs.
But it’s not just preventative health where you will see the impacts.
These cuts will hurt those who can least afford it.
Already more than 1 in 5 Australians don’t visit a doctor or skip prescriptions or further consultations because of the cost, and 18.2% of Australia’s health bill is already covered by your out-of-pocket payments.
Not only this, but the $50 billion torn from our health care system in last year’s budget is the equivalent of sacking 1 in 5 nurses and shutting 1 in 13 hospital beds.
So if you use our public health system, surgery waiting times will double in some cases along with the average time spent in an emergency department waiting room.
It’s time to take action. Tell your MP to reverse the cuts.