Labor makes public show as Medicare faces privatisation

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LABOR has sharpened its attacks on the Government on health in light of reports that plans to privatise Medicare's payments system are set to go ahead.

The plans were first mooted in the 2014 budget, courtesy of a $500,000 study into the potential privatisation of the system that deals with about $39 million of payments a year.

The West Australian reported Tuesday the plan was well advanced and a Health Department taskforce was currently investigating a specific model to sell off the system.

Labor leader Bill Shorten labelled the plan "anti-Medicare", saying "Malcolm Turnbull is no different to Tony Abbott" on health.

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