Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia and representative of the Liberal Party, intends to privatise Medicare. He proposes to change the system of Medicare's payment network. As a consequence of this, an estimated 1400 jobs is predicted to be at risk. This new system of Medicare places Australians in a great disadvantage and with a sense of insecurity. Health care, therefore, cannot be privatised.
The Australian Prime Minister has already cut down on the Medicare budget by $650 million and this number would continue to increase alarmingly in the future. This directly affects the amount accessible for bulk billing. As a result, people who are medically diagnosed and require Medicare in order to access medical equipment such as MRI, X-Rays, CAT scans and mammograms are majorly disadvantaged. They would be deprived access of it and would be compelled to terminate their medical treatment as a result. This places them in great danger and at a large risk. Need should be prioritised over money however, the Australian Prime Minister clearly opposes this concept.
The consequences of cutting Medicare are only imaginable. Lists for elected surgeries would become longer. People would be deterred from crucial scans and thus early detection of diseases. This would inevitably lead to "reaching the people in need when it's too late," defeating the purpose of medical practices. People living in rural areas, who already have limited access to clinics, would become deprived of the help they need. The effectiveness of the treatment of chronic diseases would become depleted. Waiting times for treatment would become longer. Spaces in the hospital would consequently decrease. In addition, the costs for medicine would increase dramatically.
If Medicare were to be privatised, Australia would become a country with a larger division between the rich and the poor; where only the rich are able to access health care. Health insurance is a basic human right. It is something that we should all be able to obtain. Medicare should be accessible to all Australians whenever and wherever we need it.
All of us want to live a long and fulfilling life. The oppression of financial situations which subsequently hinders us from gaining this is not something we should need to worry about.