Radio National is reporting plans on the part of Medicare and the Government to compulsorily take part of public servants’ superannuation on retirement, and use it to pay health care premiums, regardless of the choices and wishes of said retirees once Medicare is privatised. With no regard to whether said public servants have looked after their health and will incur heavy costs; it would be a “one size fits all”. This means that public servants will be subsidizing the health system exactly the way the old one did – only a very small pool of people on fixed incomes will be contributing. The interview (Geraldine Doogue and Alan Kohler) assumed that people who live on into old age are big users of the health care system. I believe that isn’t necessarily the case, and one you live to 80 you may well just live on without medical intervention for another 15 years. A conservative government picks and chooses its freedoms to choose!
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