Vulnerable patients to suffer if costs rise

Australia’s most vulnerable patients – the old, sick, and poor – are likely to stop taking important medications if the government chooses to adopt expenditure advice offered by the Department of Health in the Commission of Audit report, health economists believe.

As reported by the Guardian, the Department of Health recommended that people be made to pay more for government-subsidised medical services and drugs, because it would lead them to cut spending on unproven and