PRESS RELEASE: Give Rural Doctors A (Tax) Break
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Give Rural Doctors A (Tax) Break
Libertarianz Deputy Leader and Masterton GP Richard McGrath backed National
MP Lynda Scott's call for urgent action to stop rural doctors walking away
from their practices, but suggested a slightly different approach from the
one suggested by Dr. Scott.
"Michael Cullen should announce an immediate exemption from all forms of
taxation for rural doctors," smiled Dr. McGrath, freely admitting that he
would probably gain from such a move.
"This could be coupled with the abolition of all taxpayer subsidies for
medical care," he added, saying that doctors, as much as anyone else, need
to wean themselves off the State tit.
"Since the days of Michael Savage, GPs have gorged hungrily on Nanny's
nipple. It's time they were tossed off the benefit and allowed to market
their services unhindered by an addiction to OPiuM - Other People's Money."
Libertarianz would dissolve the Medical Council and speed up the immigration
process for doctors from other countries. "In fact, we would allow open
entry to this country to anyone, provided they obeyed the laws of the land
and didn't expect to sponge off others," stated Dr. McGrath.
"Dr. Scott, unfortunately, believes that the solution to a problem created
by Statist politicians is yet more government intervention," he said.
"Perhaps a hands-off policy would be best here. Leave doctors free to charge
the true market value of the services they offer, and stop the IRD from
stealing half of what they earn."
He added that the money saved from ending subsidies for medical treatment
could be used to boost the police force, "in particular their efforts to
catch people who tax banks at gunpoint."It's enough to make you vote Libertarianz!
For more information contact:
Libertarianz Deputy Leader
LIBERTARIANZ SPOKESMAN FOR HEALTH DEREGULATION
Phone (025) 2300 868