The best things in life are free.
If you don’t believe me take these examples – love, laughter, sex and vaccination.
Yes I rank childhood vaccination as one of the best things in life. The way it has literally eradicated deadly diseases from children on our planet is something I hold dear.
All over the world immunisation is completely free. It has long been recognised as a public health measure and one that no child should miss due to any financial barrier.
With very few exceptions internationally, billions of children and their parents have benefited from this fait accompli.
Unless you live in Australia in 2014.
Now the Australian Government would like to charge parents $7 dollars for every child immunisation appointment.
If you have three kids going at the same time you hit the jackpot and you get to pay $21.
If you live in Afghanistan, Africa, America or Argentina, childhood immunisation is free. But not if you live in Australia.
If this Bill passes through the federal parliament, parents will start to pay the new GP co-payment of $7 dollars each time their child requires a vaccination from 1 July, 2015.
As every parent knows if you have a newborn baby you will go to the GP five times in the first 18 months of its life for immunisation appointments.
If you have twin boys like Queenslander and Parenthood member Louise you will pay for ten appointments in just 18 months.