Should the unvaccinated pay a higher Medicare levy?

Economist Saul Eslake has pitched the idea, arguing those who choose not to be vaccinated will statistically create higher costs for the health system

Australians who choose not to be vaccinated against COVID-19 should pay a higher Medicare levy, a leading economist says.

Saul Eslake
Saul Eslake.

While the tax hike is unlikely to amount to budget repair, Saul Eslake argues the unvaccinated should make a “small contribution” to the health system and the potential burdens it faces as a result of their decisions.

“I don’t think it’s unreasonable to