Older Australians will be shocked by many of the recommendations contained in the Commission of Audit in the areas of health care, pensions and aged care, says leading seniors advocate COTA Australia.
Chief Executive Ian Yates said older people are the major users of Australia’s health care system, so introducing co-payments for GP visits, emergency departments and medicines will mean basic health care is compromised for many seniors, and this will be counterproductive to containing health care costs
“In the lead up to the last election COTA asked older people what issues they were most concerned about,” Mr Yates said.“
First up was access to health services with quality, affordability and availability their main concerns.
“If the Commission of Audit recommendations are adopted, many older people will be badly out of pocket or they will not go to their GP to have their health issues diagnosed. They will consequently get sicker and end up in expensive tertiary hospital care and with more limited life expectancy.”
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