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MS Australia welcomes Minister Ley's common sense decision

doctor talking to patient
1 January 2015

MS Australia, the national peak body advocating on behalf of people affected by multiple sclerosis, today commended Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley for scrapping planned reductions to the Medicare rebate.

MS Australia Chief Executive Debra Cerasa said Minister Ley has clearly signalled her intentions and indicated she will be a Minister that is consultative and fair.

“This is a step in the right direction and the Minister has already shown she is willing to listen to the community on important matters,” Ms Cerasa said.

“This is hugely encouraging for the Health portfolio and for the 23,000 Australians directly impacted by MS.

“We welcome the Minister’s commitment to dialogue as we prepare to meet and brief her on the immediate needs of people living with this condition.”

Ms Cerasa said the proposed Medicare rebate reductions would have hurt a large majority of the MS community not supported by health care concessions.

“What we know is people living with MS visit the doctor more than four times the average Australian,” Ms Cerasa said.

“These visits add up and the potential for increased GP charges could limit their ability to obtain a timely diagnosis, seek treatment for their symptoms and get access to appropriate medicines.”

MS Australia congratulates Minister Ley on her leadership and looks forward to being part of the ongoing discussion on the future of health care in Australia.