Govt talks up Medicare record, but remains cautious

THE coalition is determined to prove its commitment to Medicare but cautions any extra spending must come from cuts elsewhere.

The government will spend the next three years proving to Australians again that "the coalition is the best friend Medicare ever had", Cabinet Secretary Arthur Sinodinos told ABC TV on Sunday.

He acknowledged Labor's election campaign scare over privatising the service was "scratching away at an itch that people had about