Mitchell “Milk” Jones we are told lives in affluent South Yarra (not quite Toorak chaps but near enough) and attended a private school.
He runs a business and is a dad. He is young and also looks healthy.
However he does not appear to either like or to have compassion for those less fortunate than he is.
So maybe Mitch and his smug mates may not have bothered to check the facts nor to question Tony Shepherd’s wildly inaccurate figure of 11 bulk billed visits per person per year.
After all, why let facts get in the way of Medicare-bashing?
The weight of evidence places the true number of time the average Australian “goes to the doctor” at below 7, with some variability due to differing definitions of what constitutes a consultation. While these definitions place the figure variously at 3.73, 4.61, 4.93, 5.77 or 6.91, none come very close to Tony Shepherd’s claim of a purported 11 visits to the doctor by the average Australian every year.
– The Conversation