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Election Survey - Western Australia 2013 - Q10


Q10 - Health services

Well-run health services are essential and private hospitals play an important role in this provision. However, private providers should not be compelled to offer non-core services, particularly ones that violate freedom of religion and conscience. Similarly, taxpayers should not be forced to fund non-urgent, non-essential procedures such as abortion and elective cosmetic surgery by these providers.

Would you support the freedom of religion and conscience for private hospitals in the provision of non-core services? 

Party Reply Score

WA Labor Party

WA Labor is opposed to the privatisation of public hospitals. We believe that all public hospitals should provide the same range of services as other public hospitals of the same size, regardless of the operator. WA Labor believes that private health providers operating private hospitals are free to offer or not offer health services as they see fit, within current laws.

2

Liberal Party

A re-elected Liberal Government would support the freedom of religion and conscience for private hospitals in the provision of non-core services. The State Government is only responsible for public hospitals and wouldn't presume to tell private hospitals what they should and shouldn't do.

10
Family First Party                                                                                                    

Yes definitely.
 10
The Greens 

The Greens (WA) do not believe that when a person is attending a public hospital run by a private provider, the person’s medical needs should come second to the religious beliefs of the private provider.

2

The Nationals

Unsure.

 5

Australian Christians                                                                                               

Australian Christians considers it vital that private hospitals, just as with private schools, have the ability to operate their organisation in accordance with the ethos and ethics of the organisation. We believe that people should continue to have the freedom to go to hospitals that shares their own belief system. Private hospital providers should not be compelled to offer non-core services that violate freedom of religion and conscience.

 10

Authorised by: David Phillips, FamilyVoice Australia, 4th Floor, 68 Grenfell St, Adelaide SA 5000




 


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