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TasCOSS, and the Tasmanian Medicare Action Group, invite you to attend a public lunchtime forum to discuss the proposed Federal Budget changes to Medicare.
The Budget includes a range of measures that, if introduced, will undoubtedly undermine our universal healthcare system. Shortly after it was announced, Prime Minister Tony Abbott told local radio listeners in Hobart that “there is no such thing as free health care” and that there is nothing wrong with contributing a “modest” co-payment when we visit health services. But just how will a “modest” co-payment affect Tasmanians, our already strained health system, and our society in general?
Our speaker panel will include health policy experts, Jennifer Doggett and Martyn Goddard. They will firstly present their ideas and analyses, to be followed by robust audience and panel discussion.
Jennifer Doggett has previously worked in the Federal Department of Health, in community health, and as a political advisor. She is currently a consultant on health issues, regular contributor to Croaky, and a fellow of the Centre for Policy Research, and has been actively contributing to discussions about universal health care, co-payments and health consumer issues.
Martyn Goddard is a former journalist, was consumer representative on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee, was a member of the Australian National Council on AIDS and was senior health policy officer for the Australian Consumers’ Association (Choice). He now works independently (and unpaid) as a Hobart-based health policy analyst, working particularly on the relative inefficiency and inadequacy of the administration of Tasmanian public hospitals. Recent work includes analyses of the federal budget’s effects on hospital costs and the effects of out-of-pocket costs on the overall health system’s efficiency and equity, and on the sustainability of health care funding.
RSVP By COB Thursday 5th June.
Please bring along your own lunch, tea and coffee provided.
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TasCOSS is the peak body for the Tasmanian community services sector.
We challenge and change the systems, behaviours and attitudes that create poverty, inequity and exclusion.