Caution over impact of co-payment

Last night's federal budget introduced a co-payment to go to the doctor.

Treasurer Joe Hockey had promised a tough budget, in which cuts would need to be made to recover the nation’s debt.

The Champion spoke to some Liverpool residents at Macquarie Mall on Monday afternoon and asked them to comment on some of the changes expected to be brought in in the budget, particularly the co-payment.

We asked locals what they thought of the possibility of Australians having to pay a $7 when they go to a general practitioner and their views on whether the nation needed a ‘‘tough budget’’.

Mick Akca, Bonnyrigg. Picture: Anna Warr

Mick Akca, Bonnyrigg. Picture: Anna Warr

Mick Akca, Bonnyrigg:

‘‘This will be good for the economy because some people go to the doctor too much. I don’t have time to go to the doctor, but a lot of people who are on the dole have time to go and they are there all the time. If people are really sick, it’s only $7.’’

Tulia Vono, Warwick Farm. Picture: Anna Warr

Tulia Vono, Warwick Farm. Picture: Anna Warr

Tulia Vono, Warwick Farm:

‘‘Some people go to the doctor just for the sake of it, so it could be a good thing. But for those people that are sick, it will make things tougher. I don’t agree with raising the pension age. It will be tough for people to work until they are 70.’’

Hiba al-Husseini, Liverpool. Picture: Anna Warr

Hiba al-Husseini, Liverpool. Picture: Anna Warr

Hiba al-Husseini, Liverpool:

‘‘I have three children, and they have been sick lately. Last week I had to take the little one to the doctor twice a day, for several days. So if there was a payment, that would add up. It will be very expensive and the cost of living is so high already.’’

John Murphy, Georges Hall. Picture: Anna Warr

John Murphy, Georges Hall. Picture: Anna Warr

John Murphy, Georges Hall:

‘‘I work at Liverpool Hospital and I don’t think anyone actually ever goes to the doctor for fun. I think the country’s finances are generally in a good situation, I don’t really understand why the government is painting such a negative picture of them.’’

Shaad Safih, Liverpool. Picture: Anna Warr

Shaad Safih, Liverpool. Picture: Anna Warr

Shaad Safih, Liverpool:

‘‘I think anything this government does is a bad idea. They promised us no more taxes and look at what they doing now, they are bringing in lots more taxes. All a co-payment will mean is that poor people will be unhealthy.’’

Kim Harrison, Glenfield.Picture: Anna Warr

Kim Harrison, Glenfield.Picture: Anna Warr

Kim Harrison, Glenfield:

‘‘Lots of people in Liverpool are struggling with the cost of living and a co-payment will make it harder. Lots of mums and dads are struggling and with winter coming up, it will make it harder for them to get their kids to the doctor.’’

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