Better health care
A stronger economy means we can guarantee essential services.
We are delivering record funding for hospitals, medicines and Medicare.
RECORD HOSPITAL INVESTMENT
Our new five-year public hospital agreement with the states and territories delivers $31 billion more funding for hospitals (between 2020-21 and 2024-25).
That’s an increase of 30% (from $100 billion to $130.1 billion).
Annual hospital funding will more than double compared to Labor – from $13.3 billion in 2012-13 to $29.1 billion in 2024-25.
In addition, a new $1.25 billion Community Health and Hospitals Program will improve health care specialist services including cancer treatment; drug and alcohol treatment; preventive, primary and chronic disease management; and mental health.
RECORD BULK BILLING
Over 133 million free GP services were delivered last year. This is 27.3 million more than in Labor’s last year.
The GP bulk billing rate last year was 86.1%, up from 82.1% under Labor.
Our Medicare Guarantee Act guarantees Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme with legislation.
The new Medicare Guarantee Fund ensures their ongoing funding.
Since we came into government, over 2,000 medicine listings worth over $10.6 billion have been added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.
These help people suffering from cancer, heart disease, epilepsy, spinal muscular atrophy and severe asthma.
Some cost thousands of dollars, but are now available for $40.30 per script, or $6.50 (concessional).
By contrast, in 2011 Labor deferred the listing of seven medicines, saying: “the listing of some medicines would be deferred until fiscal circumstances permit”. (2011-12 Portfolio Budget Statement)
BETTER ACCESS TO MRI SCANS
A million Australians will now be able to access scans for cancer, stroke, heart and other conditions, with a $375 million investment in over 50 new MRI licenses.
SIMPLER, MORE AFFORDABLE PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE
This year, premiums increased by 3.25% – the lowest rise in 18 years.
We are taking steps to make private health insurance more affordable.
We established the Medical Research Future Fund, which is now one of the biggest medical research endowment funds in the world. It is on track to reach $20 billion by 2021 and is investing in important research to find cures for cancers, heart disease, diabetes and multiple sclerosis.
We are increasing mental health funding to around $5 billion this year.
This includes new funding for: community mental health and mental health research; assistance to prevent suicide; Telehealth access for psychological services in regional areas; and support for current and former ADF personnel.
We are funding an additional 30 headspace services by 2021 and six specialist residential facilities for eating disorders.
Our No Jab, No Pay policy led to 210,000 extra children being vaccinated in its first year.
The immunisation rate is now at 94.6%, the highest on record.
All 12 and 13-year-olds now have free access to the Gardasil 9 Vaccine. This will protect them from the HPV virus.
The Government is now providing the whooping cough vaccine to all pregnant women.
DRUG TREATMENT AND PREVENTION
Projects being funded include: Primary Health Networks for local treatment; 260 new services for Indigenous communities; 240 Local Drug Action Teams; new Medicare funding for Addiction Medical Specialists; and new research.