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Abbott's $715 millon GP tax hit on families

THE HON BILL SHORTEN MP


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CATHERINE KING MP


SHADOW MINISTER FOR HEALTH


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ABBOTT’S $715 MILLION GP TAX HIT ON FAMILIES


 

Medicare analysis released today show Tony Abbott’s new GP Tax will hurt families right across the country, with communities forking out millions of dollars every year for visits to their local doctor.

 

Based on recent Medicare figures, families in some communities could be slugged with more than $8 million every year in new doctors’ fees.

 

Families in Western Sydney will be worst hit, with 10 Western Sydney electorates facing tax hikes of more than $6 million a year if the Prime Minister presses ahead with his GP Tax.

 

In the electorate of Chifley, where nearly 99 per cent of GP services are bulk billed, the GP Tax will take $8.2 million dollars out of the pockets of local families every year.

 

In the Victorian electorate of Lalor, families will be slugged with $7.5 million in new doctors’ fees each year.

 

In the Queensland electorate of Rankin, the GP Tax will cost local families $6.2 million a year.

 

Make no mistake, the Prime Minister’s GP Tax will hit families who can afford it the least.

 

Labor believes that all Australians should get the healthcare they need – not just the healthcare Tony Abbott says they can afford.

 

The Prime Minister’s new GP Tax will mean more parents will be out of pocket when they take their sick kids to the doctor, or families just won’t get the care they need.

 

Tony Abbott said before the election he wouldn’t bring in any new taxes. His new GP tax is a broken promise to millions of families that they won’t forget.

 

Every time parents take their kids to the doctor, every time they reach into their pocket to pay the Prime Minister’s GP Tax, they will remember this broken promise.

 

Labor will continue to fight any attempt by this government to dismantle universal healthcare in Australia.

 

TOP TEN ELECTORATES THAT WILL BE HARDEST HIT BY TONY ABBOTT’S NEW GP TAX

 
















































































RANK ELECTORATE TOTAL GP SERVICES 2010 BULK-BILLING RATE $6 GP TAX PER SERVICE
1 Chifley (NSW) 1,367,087 98.90% $8.29 million
2 Blaxland (NSW) 1,297,709 98.20% $7.93 million
3 Watson (NSW) 1,264,566 97.80% $7.75 million
4 Lalor (VIC) 1,150,072 90.90% $7.58 million
5 Holt (VIC) 1,082,938 87.8% $7.40 million
6 Fowler (NSW) 1,195,967 98.2% $7.30 million
7 Calwell (VIC) 1,108,670 92.6% $7.18 million
8 Parramatta (NSW) 1,139,067 95.30% $7.16 million
9 Gorton (VIC) 1,048,279 88.90% $7.07 million
10 McMahon (NSW) 1,118,800 97.80% $6.86 million

 

Source: Medicare bulk billing data

 

WEDNESDAY, 26 FEBRUARY 2014

 

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