Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Rising health costs are sustainable if we're willing to pay for them

Recently Joe Hockey has argued that Australia's spending on health is unsustainable and the Government will no longer be able to afford it in the future. In Spending on health is sustainable precisely for the reason that we want to sustain it Peter Martin disputes Hockey's claims. As Martin right points out, we can find the money if we want to.
There's little doubt that we want to pay more tax for health. The latest increase in the Medicare levy (due in July) was approved with scarcely a murmur. It'll help fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

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