Families in Hunter will be among the hardest hit by Tony Abbott’s new GP Tax, Joel Fitzgibbon said today.

Families across Hunter will be forced to fork out $4,087,536 to visit the doctor under the Liberals plan.

Shadow Health Minister Catherine King said Budget leaks made a farce of Tony Abbott’s pre-election promise to be a government of ‘no surprises’ and ‘no new taxes’.

"This is yet another example of the Prime Minister’s twisted budget priorities," Ms King said.

"The Prime Minister’s new GP Tax will mean more parents will be out of pocket when they take their sick kids to the doctor, or families just won’t get the care they need."

"Tony Abbott said before the election there would be ‘no new taxes’. His new GP tax is a broken promise to families in Hunter that they won’t forget," Joel Fitzgibbon said today.

"Make no mistake – with the GP Tax, the Abbott Government is dismantling universal healthcare as we know it in this country.

"In the great tradition of Medicare, people in Hunter should receive the healthcare they need not the healthcare they can afford," said Joel Fitzgibbon.

"Families in Hunter who are already struggling to make ends meet cannot afford to pay to take their sick child or elderly parent to the doctor."

"The Abbott Government is talking about $6 now but how long will that last and what’s to stop this new GP Tax from just going up and up?"

People in New South Wales could be made to pay more than $251,015,460 each year just to see their GP.

"Labor will continue to fight any attempt by this government to dismantle universal healthcare in Australia."

Despite every health expert advising against it, the Abbott Government is pushing ahead with a GP Tax that will put more pressure on Australia’s hospital system, leave families out of pocket and lead to much worse health outcomes.

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