Disability services: national insurance

Posted on 09. Dec, 2009 in Speeches

I would like to express my support for a Medicare-style national insurance scheme for Australians with serious disabilities as proposed by the federal government. One of the options is a no-fault insurance scheme which would provide lifetime care for people with disabilities. So far thousands of families in Australia with disabilities are not able to receive adequate care and medical support. The population of people who have disabilities is growing very fast. There are 1.5 million Australians at the moment, and it will be 2.3 million in 2030.

Therefore we should increase awareness in our community about the uncertainties of our current insurance system. Under the current system people are covered only when they are injured in the workplace or when they are involved in a motor accident, but if they acquire a disability, are born with a disability or have a child with a disability then there is no entitlement.

The goal of the scheme would be to provide lifetime care for the disabled which would relieve pressure on families and charities. This scheme would be funded by a levy across our population. Every Australian should support and pay for it as it will create a safety net for everyone in the country to live with pride and dignity and to have a good quality of life.

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