The Australian Health Care Reform Alliance (AHCRA) is a coalition of individuals and organisations working to improve health care in Australia. While some areas of the current health system perform well, overall it does not deliver optimum care in an equitable and efficient way. AHCRA believes that our health system needs fundamental reform in order to meet our future health care needs.
AHCRA is calling for some major changes to our health system to make it fairer, more efficient and more consumer-focussed.
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It is with much regret that we are saying farewell to our Chair, Jennifer Doggett, after nearly four years of leading our organisation. Under her leadership we have made great strides in engaging social media as well as maintaining our presence in the mainstream media. She will be missed but we will continue.
Tim Woodruff will be Acting Chair and Spokesperson for the time being.
Thank you Jennifer!
“The Federal Government’s plan to reduce JobSeeker and JobKeeper, its previous elimination of the temporary child care support measures, and its planned tax cuts will damage the lives of many and will have little if any, positive impact on the economy,” said Dr Tim Woodruff, Acting Chair of the Australian Health Care Reform Alliance.
Covid kills. It affects poor people much more than the wealthy. That’s what the figures show. Poverty kills. Even relative poverty leads to poorer people suffering and dying earlier than wealthier people, whether from Covid or any other cause. That’s what the figures show.
Newstart was 40% below the poverty line before Covid. As of September 24, 1.6 million JobSeeker Australians will have their income cut to 10% below the poverty line. Those people will suffer more and die younger than their wealthy fellow Australians. This is Federal Government policy.
It is immoral policy. It is unhealthy policy.
Every dollar these people on JobSeeker have will immediately be spent, thus regrowing the economy.
Contrast that with the contemplated Federal Government proposal to give tax cuts of $2,000 to $4,000 to wealthy Australians. They all have quite adequate disposable incomes. Those tax cuts will be spent increasing their wealth in savings such as superannuation, property investment and the like. Such spending will have little or no impact on the struggling economy. Indeed it may just maintain or even exacerbate the lack of affordability of housing for those on lower incomes.
Cutting taxes for the wealthy at this time is counterproductive economic policy
But it is ideologically consistent with a belief that if one is lucky enough to have had the opportunity to be wealthy, whether through having the right genes, family upbringing , and/or connections, then one deserves to continue to be comfortable, come what may, and damn the rest.
Questions remain. Why are mother sand babies being left ot go hungry in our cities and towns.? Why is it being left to charities and volunteers to pick up the pieces? Does our Governments have anything to say other than to call the poor a drain on society.
Does Australia really want public policy which is driven by ideology, despite it being unhealthy, immoral, and economically counterproductive? , asks Dr Woodruff. “Are we really all in this together?”
Dr Tim Woodruff
The Australian Health Care Reform Alliance (AHCRA) today called on all political parties to work together to find solutions to the current private health insurance crisis and to develop a joint approach to the future funding of private health care in Australia.