Today’s latest health announcement from Labor is another example of their failure to detail their policies and the real costs.

After six years to do the work, they have come up with no detailed policies, cannot explain how they would be implemented and simply handball it to a Commission.

The Australian College of Emergency Medicine yesterday criticised Labor’s approach, saying that it would not address the real challenges in the system (Sydney Morning Herald ‘Labor’s cash won’t fix health crisis, doctors warn, May 7 2019)

In contrast, the Morrison Government has a Long Term National Health Plan which is investing in a $1.25 billion landmark Community Health and Hospitals Program to keep people healthy and out of hospital and an additional $1.6 billion for primary care.

We have made mental health a priority, including $114.5 million to trial adult mental health centres, to support people when they need it most, and to avoid them being forced as a last resort to attend a hospital emergency department.

This is on top of an additional $1.45 billion for community mental health services and our $503.1 million Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan.

The Liberal National Government has already entered into an agreement with the states and territories to improve safety and quality and to reduce avoidable readmissions to hospital.

Under the National Health Reform Agreement, if safety and quality in a hospital improves, the hospital receives additional funding. If safety and quality declines, the hospital receives a reduced funding payment for the hospital service that had a safety or quality incident.

Reforms in the National Health Reform Agreement are targeting avoidable admissions and readmissions to hospital. The reforms aim to ensure patients are treated in the right setting at the right time to avoid unnecessary hospital services.

This is how we constructively work with the states which manage the day-to-day administration of the hospitals, to improve quality care for patients.

Federal funding for public hospitals to the states has increased from $13.3 billion under Labor to $21.7 billion this year, and will grow to $29.1 billion in 2024-25.

Since we came to government, the Coalition has listed over 2,000 medicines more than $10.6 billion on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. When Bill Shorten was Assistant Treasurer, he stopped listing medicines because he ran out of money. Let’s not turn back to a time when Labor couldn’t manage the economy and put Australian's medicines and health care at risk.