Opposition accuses Labor of Medicare misuse

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Opposition primary health care spokesman Andrew Southcott said by retrospectively legalising the use of the name, the government risked diluting the Medicare brand.

Despite the existence of 61 Medicare Locals, it is an offence to use the word Medicare in a business context.

The Health and Other Legislation Bill 2012 would enable Medicare Locals to apply for authorisation to use the name without breaking the law.

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