The 2009 Federal budget contained a nasty surprise for older people, when the Medicare cataract rebate was slashed by half.
Here we examine the facts, not the spin. The recent attempts by the Health Minister to villify the medical profession are nothing more than a smoke screen to distract from the 50% budget cut to cataract surgery.
Minister Roxon has accepted poor advice from her department on this matter. Hansard transcripts from Budget Estimates Committee, clearly demonstrate the lack of consultation and absence of modelling which accompanied this decision.