Medicare in trouble for spending $4000 on urgent care teddy bears

The bears were for MPs to promote urgent care clinics, explained the department's secretary.

Bureaucrats have been forced to defend their decision to spend $4000 of taxpayer cash on teddy bears to promote Medicare’s GP urgent care clinics.  

During a Senate Estimates hearing on Thursday, Senator Anne Ruston began by taking exception to the allegedly extravagant cost of promoting Medicare’s 40th anniversary.