Maybe Tony Abbott really was the best friend Medicare ever had

Tony Abbott, Australia’s most recent ex prime minister, may be as popular as a Pap smear, but history may prove true his once proud boast of being the best friend Medicare ever had.

Last week, the Parliamentary Budget Office released a report on Medicare spending. Formed from lots of spaghetti line graphs, it is still a fairly clear picture of why the healthcare budget has grown to a size considered by politicians to be menacing.

The boffins name the key policies as: introduction of bulk-billing incentives; raising the rebate