Abstract: The government of Australia has targeted the poorest and most vulnerable people by raising Medicare's safety net thresholds to $500 for pensioners and concession cardholders and $1,000 for others. Under this raise, most people would have to spend more than $1,000 on covering the gap between Medicare benefit and what the doctors charge before benefiting from the safety net. Tony Abbot, Health Minister announced the intention of the federal government to cut Medicare funding of IVF treatment but the community outrage stopped the government on acting on it. Abbott's plans would have limited couples to three Medicare-subsidised treatments per year, while women over 42 will be entitled to just three treatments in total.
To cite this article: More Lies on Medicare: Abbott Backtracks on Plans to Slash IVF Funding [online]. Lamp, The, Vol. 62, No. 5, June 2005: 26-27.
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