The campaign to Save Medicare and stop the Federal Government’s new GP visit fees continues to build momentum, following the hugely successful Save Medicare community rally which took place on February 15 at Sydney Town Hall.

Workers and large sections of the community are deeply concerned with the recent suggestions that the federal health minister is considering a new $6 per visit fee on the 30 year old institution of Medicare, having said the following on ABC’s 7:30 program (Wednesday 19th Feb 2014)

“I want to make sure that, for argument’s sake, we have a discussion about you or me on reasonable incomes [and] whether we should expect to pay nothing when we go to a doctor.” Peter Dutton, The Federal Health minister said.

However many people are concerned that the new fee would place even more financial strain on workers and their families, having to check their wallet and think twice before they go to see their GP. Some are even suggesting that this will be the beginning of an Americanisation of the Australian Health system.

Community members are joining together for a public forum on Monday 3rd March at 6pm at the University of Technology Sydney with key Union leaders Mark Lennon (Unions NSW) and Ged Kearney (ACTU) to discuss the next stage of the campaign to Save Medicare.

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