Labor will make it easier for Corangamite residents to see a GP
MARK BUTLER MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR HEALTH AND AGEING
LIBBY COKER MP
An Albanese Labor Government will make it easier for many people in the Corangamite electorate to see a GP.
If elected, Labor will expand the overseas trained and bonded doctor access to Medicare, ensuring more GPs work in outer suburban and regional centres such as Bannockburn, Clifton Springs, Torquay, Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads.
Labor will do this by designating those parts of Corangamite (and all those classified as Modified Monash Model (MMM) 2 areas) as a Distribution Priority Areas (DPA) for these GPs.
Mark Butler MP, Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing said:
Access to GP services shouldn’t be reserved for those that live in our biggest cities.
Over eight long years, the Morrison-Joyce Government has repeatedly cut and undermined Medicare, and in 2019 Scott Morrison cut access of outer-metro and regional Australia to bonded and overseas trained doctors, making GP shortages much worse.
After eight long years of cuts and neglect, you just can’t trust Scott Morrison with Medicare.
Libby Coker MP, Member for Corangamite said:
Since 2013 the out-of-pocket costs to see a GP has risen by 44 percent, or about $11.80, in Corangamite.
For the whole of Victoria average Medicare out-of-pocket expenses have increased by 57 percent in that period.
I hear time and time again from people in areas of Corangamite that they can’t get into a GP for days.
I’m so thrilled to let people in my electorate know that Labor has a plan to fix this.
The people of Corangamite can always trust Labor to protect Medicare – a system Labor created – and to put their health first.