More than a dozen prominent Australians have spoken out against the Government’s controversial new coronavirus plan, and have slammed the plan’s “dangerous” cost estimates.
Key points:Dr Robert Booth said the Government was “making a big mistake” with its proposed planThe Australian Medical Association’s medical director said the plan would not help patientsThe Opposition has attacked the Government for the plans plans “unacceptable” and “unfortunate”The Opposition’s health spokesman, Professor Mehreen Faruqi, told 7.30 it was “extremely disappointing” to hear the Government is planning to impose a $20-a-person surcharge on all Australian visitors to New Zealand.
She said it would be “dangerously expensive” and would “not help Australians”.
“The reality is we are already seeing some of the effects of this coronaviruses coronaviral infection, so it’s important to understand the costs of this,” she said.
“It’s a really dangerous and irresponsible thing to do.”‘
I feel like I’ve been on the receiving end of a massive, global pandemic’Professor Booth said there was “a lot” of misinformation about the plans being “misconstrued” by the Government.
“The idea of a $10 surcharge is really an outrageous idea and it would do a lot of damage,” he said.
He said it was time for the Government to “stop putting a lot more work into the cost estimates, and just start thinking about the people and the families who are suffering from the cost of this plan”.
“It is really not necessary to have a $50 surcharge in order to make sure the cost is shared fairly,” he added.
“There is a huge amount of information out there on the internet that says it will save money, but it won’t help people.”
He said that “the truth is a lot” more about the cost than what was being proposed.
“I feel very strongly that it is an absolute, catastrophic mistake that we have made.”
We have created an incredibly complex, complex system for the benefit of a few individuals and it’s not fair to people and it won�t help them.
“People don’t need to be paying more, they need to get better care.”
Professor Booth also said the new plan would cause major problems for the Australian health system, saying it was putting “a big, big dent” in the funding of the Australian Medical and Research Council.
“This will be a disaster for the health system in Australia and it will also be a major detriment to our ability to respond to other global health issues,” he told 7:30.
“Australia has had a very good system for treating coronaviroas since the 1930s and it is a very strong system.”
In order to deal with this pandemic, we need to have more people on the front line in the field to respond and treat people.
“Professor Stephen O’Brien, a professor of epidemiology at the Australian National University, said the proposed “surcharge” was “unrealistic”.”
There are a lot other costs that would be involved, and the fact is, this is a $40-a (a person) surcharge for a whole family,” he noted.”
If you were a single parent, it would cost you $400 per year.
“You would be looking at an additional $500,000 per year for an Australian family, that’s a lot.”
So the whole point of this is to make it as expensive as possible to treat patients.”‘
This is a real disaster’The AMA’s medical doctor, Professor Robert Booth, told Sky News that the plan was “dangeristic” and he “was not surprised” the Government had decided to impose the surcharge.
He pointed out that the Government has spent $10 billion on the coronavarials pandemic.”
That’s a serious amount of money, it’s just not reasonable,” he explained.”
When you are talking about $20,000,000 a year for a family, if you were to put that amount into the budget of your local community hospital, you would probably be able to pay for the staff to treat more patients.
“Professor O’Bryan, who is also a senior lecturer in public health at the University of Queensland, said a “tremendous amount” of money was being spent on coronavrial vaccines, which have been touted as being cheaper than current treatment options.”
What is a big, huge, huge problem with this is that we are really not getting any benefit from the current vaccines,” he admitted.”
These vaccines are not effective enough to stop this from happening.
“They are not even effective enough for the people who need them, so you end up paying more to treat people who are really ill.”
Professor Robert Booth described the proposed plan as a “huge mistake”Professor Booth, who works at the Department of Health, said Australia