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Surplus may cost lives

Posted by: Staff writers | 21 November, 2012 - 5:23 PM
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4BC Drive: Chemotheraphy patients are the latest to fall victim to budget cuts, as the Federal Government attempts to save $40m. Shadow Minister Peter Dutton says that Swan's surplus should not come at the price of people's lives.

Blog comments Your Say

  • So somehow Opposition spin has tied the fact that the Government will no longer pay above market prices to a surplus and the loss of lives. The private hospital talking up a storm has just been provided with an additional 10 chemo chairs courtesy of the Federal Gov and because this treatment will cost an additional 100 bucks each treatment they claim people will die?
    What are they going to say to the patient. "Sorry it would cost the hospital 4,000 dollars too much to treat you, would you mind dying instead."
    Private hospitals are expert at passing on costs let me tell you that for sure.

    Bob Lord Thursday 22 November, 2012 - 7:12 AM
  • This is beyond contempt. I saw the federal health Minister on TV last night and the smugness was palpable..."oh aren't we clever little vegemites! We have just worked out another way to squeeze money indirectly from the public by taking away lifesaving medication!"
    Have any of these idiots worked out the cost of denying access to these life saving treatments vs that of the costs of saving the lives of thousands and the spillover onto our public health services, families who have to care for their relatives etc.
    Totally idiotic!

    Shooey Thursday 22 November, 2012 - 5:39 AM

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