Debate over the federal government's plan to means test the 30 per cent private health insurance rebate is scheduled resume in Canberra today – and health minister Tanya Plibersek has turned to the Australian Greens for support.
Yesterday the Greens announced that they would be prepared to back the legislation if more funds were allocated to dental health in the 2012-13 budget.
The political party has previously expressed support for the Gillard government's plan, however they oppose the additional reform that looks to increase the Medicare levy surcharge for wealthy Australians without private health insurance.
Ms Plibersek told ABC Radio this morning that the government would not make changes to the policy without careful consideration.
"What we're not going to start doing is horse-trading on this legislation," she said today (February 9).
"We cannot make this policy on the run."
The health minister is confident that the legislation will be passed, despite MPs such as Adam Brandt and Andrew Wilkie expressing that they will not support the bill.