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).

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. 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, 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)

A re-elected Morrison Government will also invest $308 million to further cut the cost of life changing prescription medicines for over 1.4 million Australians who require multiple medicines.

Australians will save up to $80 per year with earlier access to free medicines or medicines at a reduced co-payment.

This will benefit families who require multiple medicines per month and pensioners and individuals with multiple chronic conditions such as heart disease, high cholesterol, arthritis, asthma and diabetes.

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.

MEDICAL RESEARCH

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.

MENTAL HEALTH

We are increasing mental health funding to $4.8 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 new specialist residential facilities for eating disorders.

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

IMMUNISATIONS

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.

We will also expand access to the meningococcal vaccine.

RURAL AND REGIONAL HEALTH

Australians living in rural and regional Australia have access to new services including new regional cancer centres, telehealth services and increased opportunities for Australia’s rural and regional health workforce.

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

DRUG TREATMENT AND PREVENTION

To tackle drugs such as ICE, the Morrison Government has committed more than $720 million over four years to reduce the impact of drug and alcohol misuse, with more than $544 million dedicated for treatment services.

To tackle the scourge of ICE, we have invested $450 million in our National Ice Action Strategy to help local communities, including funding for over 244 Local Drug Action Teams. We’ve also delivered an additional 471 local drug and alcohol services since 2016 based on community need.

Information current as at April 2019