House debates

Monday, 21 November 2022

Questions without Notice

Rural And Regional Health Services

3:03 pm

Photo of Mark ButlerMark Butler (Hindmarsh, Australian Labor Party, Minister for Health and Aged Care) Share this | Hansard source

I'm very pleased to have another opportunity to talk about what this government is doing to address the crisis in general practice. This morning, a number of members from across the parliament met with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners—some of whom join us here in the chamber today—to address what I think is the worst crisis in general practice in the almost 40-year history of Medicare. It's not just a crisis in rural and regional Australia, although the crisis there is certainly more extreme than in the cities. It is a crisis in the cities as well. For members of the former government, albeit not with the Leader of the Opposition here, given what he did to the Medicare system in his short time as the health minister, to get up here and, in a holier-than-thou way, seek to lecture others—


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