Medicare is one of our country’s great achievements. It ensures that we can all access health services when we need them, regardless of income. It needs to be preserved at all costs.  The United States spends 17.1% of its gross domestic product on health (1).  Despite this, Gallup estimated in July 2014 that the uninsured rate for adults (persons 18 years of age and over) was 13.4% .  A figure which would suggest that 40 million people do not have adequate access to healthcare (2).  We do not need such an inequitable system in Australia.