16, 17, 19: the three numbers that undermine the co-payment plan

This is an argument by numbers against Peter Dutton's co-payment plan.

The numbers come from a survey of sick Australians who were asked whether they avoid taking medications, seeing their doctor or skipping tests or follow up consults because of cost.

Compiled by the Commonwealth Fund, the results are not about future impact of a policy yet to be implemented but the effects of the system in the here and now.

It shows that Australia is doing worse than 11comparable countries bar the international health system's basket case - the US.

Taking part were some 1,500 sicker adults Australians – defined as those with fair or poor health; those who had surgery or been hospitalised in