Mend Medicare! PHA Australia joins key health groups in a campaign for action Tuesday, 13 August 2013

The Public Health Association of Australia along with the Consumers Health Forum of Australia, the Catholic Health Australia, the Mental Health Council of Australia and the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation launched a campaign calling on all political parties to outline their plans to address the growing failure of Medicare that is seeing Australia develop a two-tier health system. 

The coalition have called on both sides of politics to commit to action that will Mend Medicare. They want leaders to acknowledge the growing barriers besetting many Australians, particularly the chronically ill, and to act to restore what is meant to be a universal health system.  Despite evidence of ballooning out-of-pocket costs, long delays in treatment and inequities in access to care, both the Government and the Opposition have avoided the issue.   The Greens have today issued a statement supporting the call for a parliamentary inquiry to look at the issue and the coalition welcomes their support.

You can read the Mend Medicare report on the link on the PHAA website here: http://www.phaa.net.au/documents/130808mendmedicarefinal.pdf

PHAA members and their colleagues can indicate their support for the campaign and raise issues that are important to them on the OurHealthwebsite: http://ourhealth.org.au/have-a-say/have-your-say-now/election-2013