Whoever wins the election must address Medicare

WHOEVER wins the election, it has become a "political imperative" for them to address the continued freeze on increases to the Medicare rebate.

With the Coalition promising to continue the freeze until at least 2020, doctors have again urged the Coalition to ditch the budget measure.

Australian Medical Association president Dr Michael Gannon told ABC Radio yesterday that the election results had shown health was "at the centre of everyone's thinking when they cast their vote".

He said it was also a "moral imperative" for the next government to do more on health, and the Coalition's policies had "lent themselves" to Labor's "scare" campaign. The government had "paid for it at the polling booth".

"I think what we've seen in the last few days is that it's a political imperative (to end the rebate freeze)," he said.

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