By privatising Medicare, the government is making access more difficult for socio-economically disadvantaged people who already have limited options in health care, according to Public Health Association of Australia CEO Michael Moore.
“The universal health care sector needs to stay removed from privatisation to ensure our health care system is protected and all Australians can receive adequate health care,” says Moore.
“Outsourcing Medicare transactions is a Trojan horse.
“Instead of outsourcing the transaction changes, the government should invest in internal efficiency keeping the funds within Medicare.”
The $50 billion Medicare payments system would be outsourced to a private company replacing the 15 Medicare payment processing locations.
“This is another attempt by the government to move part of the Medicare system into private hands. By reviving this idea, the government is essentially threatening universal health care to all Australians,” says Moore.
“Medicare is supposed to give all people, irrespective of their financial or social circumstances, access to better health care.
“These changes could have disastrous effects on the health care of vulnerable Australians.”