Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has defended his government’s Medicare co-payment for GP visits, comparing it to the Ice Bucket Challenge.
After weeks of people tipping ice water over their heads to raise money for medical research, Mr Abbott said that any complaints about the GP co-payment are hypocritical.
“The Medicare co-payment is a modest individual payment that will fund medical research,” said the Prime Minister.
“It’s exactly like the Ice Bucket Challenge.”
“Except nobody has to pour cold water over their head.”
Medicare co-payment could rival Ice Bucket Challenge
Despite Mr Abbott’s comments, Coalition insiders have confirmed the government considered requiring GP patients to pour cold water over their head in the hope this might make the Medicare co-payment more popular with the public.
Instead, Australians who visit the doctor will be encouraged to share videos on social media of themselves making the Medicare co-payment.
These GP patients will then challenge three other people to go to the doctor and make a Medicare co-payment.
The government has also asked celebrities to film themselves going to the doctor in a bid to kick-start a Medicare co-payment craze.
As one excited Cabinet Minister put it: “If all goes to plan, the Medicare co-payment could go viral all around the world!”
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