Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, provides the following comments on the analysis by the Centre for Health Equity Training Research and Evaluation at the University of NSW on the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) on medicine prices.
Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Here we have an expert analysis of the leaked chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership that says the TPP will make medicine prices go up.
Australian Greens health spokesperson and former GP, Dr Richard Di Natale, said that the government’s objective is still to make patients pay more to see a doctor.
“Rumours of the co-payment’s death are greatly exaggerated,” said Senator Di Natale.
“While the Greens welcome the back down on the $5 rebate cut, freezing rebates is a prescription for a co-payment by stealth.
Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert will today table a motion aimed at protecting non-GMO and organic farmers like Steve Marsh – who recently incurred enormous financial costs as a result of contamination from a neighbouring GM canola farmer.
“My motion will call on the Federal government to implement a national contamination insurance scheme that protects non-GMO farmers like Steve Marsh from future contamination.