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Workcover NSW scheme surplus built on misery

As we’ve recently seen, the embarrassing  $1.36 billion surplus of WorkCover NSW Scheme, alleged to be mainly because of stronger investment returns,  has been greeted with cynicism and saracasm by the state opposition. NSW Labor Opposition has accused treasurer Andrew Constance of “championing a workers’ compensation scheme that generates profits at the expense of injured workers”. “A surplus built on misery“.

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Injured workers to bear budget cuts to Medicare

Budget cuts to Medicare (reducing Medicare rebates by $5 and introducing a co-payment of $7 towards seeing a GP) will be borne by the injured, says the Australian Lawyers Alliance.

Injured workers are often receiving statutory compensation amounts yet are not eligible for concession cards. Instead, they will be shelling out the full $7 on each and every occasion they visit a GP throughout their recovery and beyond. Statutory compensation amounts are already usually below a person’s pre-injury wage rate.

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