It is time to consider whether it is in the best interests of Australians to have the National Health Insurance scheme abolished.
The Australian Medical Association, which has argued that Medicare should be abolished to make way for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, has released a report warning of dire consequences for Australia if the scheme is axed.
It is not just the AMA that is worried about the future of the scheme, as well as many other health organisations.
“There is a real concern that the current system of National Disability insurance is a threat to the health of the population,” said Professor Simon Waddell, of the University of Sydney’s School of Public Health.
Waddell said Australia was “not a safe country” for those with disabilities, and it was not clear what changes would be required.
He said that for those living with disabilities in the community, the lack of an insurance scheme was “unbearable”.
“People are not getting the care that they need and their care is not being protected,” he said. AAP/ABC