No free universal health for unhealthy choices: McRuvie

“Universal free healthcare I don’t think is a good thing,” Central Queensland ML CEO Jean McRuvie told the Australian Medicare Local Alliance’s National Primary Health Care Convention on the Gold Coast last week.

The remark, in a panel discussion, elicited murmurs from an audience of more than 1000 delegates. Asked to elaborate, Ms McRuvie, whose ML area has one of the highest obesity rates according to the National Health Performance Authority (NHPA), said she questioned giving free healthcare to people who made poor choices.

“We all say ‘the cost of health care is high’.