Surgery cuts another Liberal attack on Medicare

Massive cuts to surgery rebates prove the Liberals are determined to “kill Medicare with a thousand cuts”, says Federal Member for Lyons Brian Mitchell.

Last night, it was revealed more than 900 Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) items for rebates for private surgery will be slashed from 1 July.

“Giving 3 weeks’ notice to patients requiring orthopaedic surgery, general surgery and heart surgery is diabolically cruel,” Mr Mitchell said.

“This will leave Australians thousands of dollars out of pocket. Some may have to cancel their surgery because of the cost.

“This is the biggest attack on Medicare in decades and it proves what we’ve always known – the Liberals don’t support Medicare,” Mr Mitchell said.

Mr Mitchell said the cuts were the latest in a string of Liberal attacks on treasured Australian institutions.

“Medicare, universities, the ABC, public schools – wherever you look the Liberals are dismantling our national and cultural infrastructure. Their radical right-wing agenda is turning Australia upside down.”

MONDAY, 7 JUNE 2021

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