… informing the public about the true cost of the Public Health System. In Terry Barnes’ recent article in the SMH, it was all about the proposed GP co-payment policy. Terry does call for broad “conversation” about reform, but he doesn’t draw any attention to the true cost of the public healthcare system, which is about 10% of GDP. Many Australians that think their Medicare surcharge (1.5%) covers the cost of healthcare. The public system is a good safety net for those that can’t afford private health insurance, but it’s underfunded and grossly inefficient compared to the private sector.