Friday, June 20, 2008

Talent Stalk: Rosanna Capolingua

She mounted a first-rate attack on the Governments $275 million plan for “one stop shop” Super Clinics, arguing that the plan would compromise public benefits by putting pressure on existing private medical facilities.

She warned of lower standards of care if Nicola Roxon’s proposal to curb G.P. roles as a patient’s first point of contact is realised.

She blistered the Governments plans to raise the income threshold for the 1% Medicare levy from $50,000 to $100,000 for singles and $100,000 to $150,000 for families as a sure way of driving, a “million” people from private health cover.

It was the AMA Presidents most stinging attack on the Rudd Governments Health policy yet, continuing on and consistent with, criticisms of labor’s approach to health in the lead-up to last years federal election.

Said, Rosanna during her National Press Club Address, Advocating for Patients in Health Reform:

"Labor has a history of removing supports for private health insurance … If this is the Government’s first decision in relation to private health insurance, what will be the second?

Read Dr. Rosanna Capolingua's AMA speech in full here

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