Budget 2015 has just been announced and follows on from Budget 2014 which saw an assault on Australia's universal healthcare system along with other cuts which will hurt ordinary Australians.
Budget 2015 Cuts:
- A further $2 billion in cuts to the public health system (on top of the $57 billion announced in budget 2014) - including the child dental benefits schedule, preventative health care, mental health and drug and alcohol programs
- Four year freeze on Medicare rebates and could lead to even higher charges than the original failed GP Tax from last year.
- Increase of $5 per script on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme
- Denying the access of nearly 100,000 nurses and midwives to the Government 18 week paid parental leave scheme
- Slashing the $40 million workforce development fund for the already in crisis aged care industry