Labor to consider elderly health vouchers

Labor Health spokesperson Nicola Roxon says the Opposition will consider a voucher scheme proposed by Catholic Health Australia.

The vouchers would provide $1000 for anyone needing out-of-hospital care.

The proposal also supports a Commonwealth takeover of the health, aged care and support of elderly Australians who are more than 75.

The body's CEO Francis Sullivan said: "Out-of-pocket expenses are going up. For GPs they've gone up by 34 per cent in the last year and a half. For medical specialists they've gone up by 42 per cent."

But Federal Health Minister Tony Abbott says it is better to fix up existing health programs rather than inventing new ones.

Expenses increasing for sick and elderly: Catholic organisation (ABC News, 29/8/07)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Catholic Health Australia
Nicola Roxon (Federal Parliament website)
Tony Abbott (Federal Parliament website)

Catholic Health calls for vouchers for chronically ill (CathNews, 27/8/07)
Catholic Health warns on investment (CathNews, 22/8/07)

30 Aug 2007