Labor's Save Medicare campaign claim on training places

THE government is “ideologically opposed to Medicare”. Tony Abbott “can’t be trusted on health”. They’re tropes with immense political capital for Labor and the Greens – particularly given the government’s planned introduction of a $7 co-payment for GP consultations, pathology and diagnostics.

Four-fifths of voters have rated ‘health and Medicare’ “very important” to their federal voting intention, and Labor has led the government on who would “best handle the issue” since February 2012, according to Newspoll.