A reader is concerned the Queensland Government is trying to privatise our public hospitals instead of trying to fix the problems within the health system.
A reader is concerned the Queensland Government is trying to privatise our public hospitals instead of trying to fix the problems within the health system. Iain Curry

Privatisation of our public hospitals

THE Queensland Government is trying to privatise our public hospitals instead of trying to fix the problems within the Queensland health system - and no-one can't blame the liberals for trying to fix the problem as the Labor politicians were in government stuffed it up in the first place.

All Queenslanders as well as all Australians pay Medicare to cover the public hospital and health services.

If they privatise the hospitals will that mean that our Medicare levy (which was introduced by the ALP to establish public hospital and health care) will not cover our hospital visits?

Will the privatisation of our Queensland public health system mean that we will no longer be able to access the public hospitals as they will be privatised?

Are we heading the same way as USA where if you don't have private cover you no longer can access the public health system as there is no longer public health system.

These are the questions both the ALP and LNP have to answer before they touch our public hospital system.

All Australians pay the Medicare levy now and can't access the hospital services now.

Also the Qieensland LNP have wiped out a lot of the community-based services in Queensland and there are more cuts to come.

They are putting a lot more pressure on the staff in the hospital system including doctors, nurses and administration staff to work longer hours and sometimes with not enough staff to do the work /shifts - this is unfair and unsafe for the staff who have to work in these conditions.

The government has just increased the Medicare levy from 1.5% to 2% to cover national disability.

Do you really think that the extra 0.5% will be given to the disabled and their families who need it or is it really just another scheme to make the workers pay more tax.

Privatisation means that the staff in the public hospitals will be cut back as the private companies drive to build a profit.

Privatisation will also lead to increased costs for patients and their families as the private operators seek more profitable revenue streams and also private operators are less accountable to the community than governments.

We can vote our governments every few years but if the government sells of the public hospital to private operators we have no say in how the hospitals are run.

Hospital privatisation has been tried before as an experiment and failed and they governments have taken many back.

We have to fight to save our public hospital system or just look at Mildura hospital which was privatised and looks like it has failed.

Do we really want Queensland Public Hospital to end up like Mildura Hospital.

Governments are more accountable to the community but if we as citizens allow the government to sell off our public health system our costs will increase and the services will decrease.

Say no to the privatisation of our public hospital and health services.



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