This petition calls on Scott Morrison to reverse the cut to doctors' bulk billing incentives in Shortland.
Nearly half of all people in Shortland have to pay to see the doctor, and when they do they are $37 out of pocket.
In January 2020, bulk billing incentives to doctors in Shortland were reduced, making it harder for GPs to bulk bill children and pensioners.
Many doctors have stopped bulk billing even those in need.
This is unacceptable. It is a community health risk, and puts even more strain on our hospital emergency departments.
Earlier this year I wrote to the Government requesting that the changes to bulk billing be reversed.
The response was an insult.
In short, the Government is not budging, and the electorate of Shortland and our region are now classified as “metropolitan” rather than “regional”, meaning the Government provides less incentives through Medicare for GPs to bulk bill.
In no way are any of the suburbs of Shortland “metropolitan”.
Bulk billing is the cornerstone of Medicare.
I will continue to fight these changes.
In the meantime, please sign the petition and send Scott Morrison a message.