Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Health Refunds Face the Chop

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Health Refunds Face the Chop

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CANBERRA. - Health will bear the brunt of the Federal Government's assault on middle-class welfare on Tuesday, as Treasurer Wayne Swan frames a horror budget against the backdrop of a recession.

The 30 per cent private health insurance rebate is expected to be slashed.

Access to the Medicare Safety Net for treatments involving exorbitant fees, including IVF and obstetrics, is tipped to be capped.

Before the last election, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd promised not to touch the 30 per cent private health insurance rebate.

But just days out from his government's second budget, it's been reported that singles earning more than $74,000 and couples on more than $150,000 a year will lose their private health insurance rebate on a sliding scale.

Individuals earning $120,000, or $240,000 for couples, will get no rebate.

At the same time, the Government will boost the Medicare Levy Surcharge (MLS) from one per cent to up to 1.5 per cent for well-off people without private health insurance. …

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