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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).

Annual hospital funding will more than double compared to Labor – from $13.3 billion in 2012-13 to more than $29 billion in 2024-25.

In addition, the $1.25 billion Community Health and Hospitals Program will improve health care services including cancer treatment; drug and alcohol treatment; preventive, primary and chronic disease management; and mental health.

RECORD BULK BILLING

Over 136 million free GP services were delivered last year. This is over 30 million more than in Labor’s last year.

The GP bulk billing rate is at 86.2%, up from 82.1% under Labor. This means almost nine out of ten visits to the doctor are free.

MEDICARE GUARANTEE

Our Medicare Guarantee Act guarantees Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme with legislation.

The new Medicare Guarantee Fund ensures their ongoing funding.

NEW MEDICINES

Since we came into government, we have approved close to 2,300 new and amended listings on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, at an overall investment of $10.9 billion.

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 $41.00 per script, or $6.60 (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 will increase by an average of 2.92% – the lowest rise in 19 years.

We are taking steps to make private health insurance more affordable.

MEDICAL RESEARCH

We established the Medical Research Future Fund, to provide long term sustainable funding for research.

Over the next four years, our Government is ensuring record funding of $6 billion for medical research.

MENTAL HEALTH

We are increasing mental health funding to $5.2 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 more than 153 headspace services by 2022 and new specialist residential facilities for eating disorders.

Our $503.1 million Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan is the largest suicide prevention investment in Australia's history.

IMMUNISATIONS

Since we strengthened our No Jab, No Pay policy in July 2018, an average of 500 children per day who did not meet immunisation requirements, have taken action to meet these requirements.

The immunisation rate for five year olds is now at 94.82%, one of 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.

We have also expanded access to the meningococcal vaccine and are funding trials for a gonorrhoea vaccine.

RURAL AND REGIONAL HEALTH

Australians living in rural and regional Australia have access to new services including new regional cancer centres and telehealth services.

Our $550 million Stronger Rural Health Strategy is delivering 3,000 more doctors and more than 3,000 extra nurses and allied health professionals in rural general practice over the next decade.

DRUG TREATMENT AND PREVENTION

To tackle the scourge of ICE, we have invested $450 million in our National Ice Action Strategy. This includes funding for over 240 Local Drug Action Teams. We’ve also delivered over 540 local drug and alcohol services since 2016 based on community need.

HELPING TO PREVENT HIV

People at medium to high risk of HIV infection now have access to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) on the PBS.

This means up to 32,000 Australians each year will pay a maximum of $6.60 (concessional) or $41.00 (general patients) per script. Without subsidy, they would pay $2,496 per year.

Information current as at February 2020