Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has told world leaders that the time to act on visits to the doctor is now, in a stirring speech at the G20 Summit in Brisbane.
Looking confident and comfortable in his role as summit host, Mr Abbott told the world’s most powerful men and women that humanity must act to ensure Australians pay a $7 co-payment when they visit their GP.
“This is the defining issue of our times. In fifty year’s time our children and our children’s children will look back and say ‘did the world’s leaders do enough about the GP co-payment?’ I want to be able to say ‘yes’.
“But this is a global challenge, and every nation has a role to play. So let us work together to tackle Australian domestic health policy now”.
In what has already been dubbed a rousing and inspirational speech, the Australian Prime Minister warned world leaders there was hard work ahead. “The shift to a GP co-payment will not come overnight, and there will no doubt be some tough choices along the way. But in the months and years to come we can say that here, today, in Brisbane, we put a stake in the ground and started the journey towards a $7 co-payment future”.