While in opposition, the current government campaigned heavily against the price on carbon. They insisted that is was a damaging stick that punished business needlessly while their alternative, Direct Action provided a ‘carrot’ in the form of a cash incentive for self-managed carbon reductions.
On another subject, Terry Barnes, former adviser to Tony Abbott, has prosed a $6 fee on doctor visits to discourage unessential doctor visits.
I think the current government is missing a great opportunity here. What not apply Direct Action to healthcare?
A flat fee on doctor visits is quite obviously a stick, punishing all Australians, needless visitors and the genuinely sick alike. It threatens to inflict the greatest impact on those with a chronic disorder who require regular visits to GP’s and are not in a position to work full time.
Surely the whipping stick is equally abhorrent to the voting public as it is to big business?
Why not give people a cash incentive, relative to the length of time between GP visits? This would surely encourage people to avoid unessential GP visits while not attacking the genuinely sick.