Health care is important to every Australian. Our stronger economy has enabled the Coalition Government to deliver the essential health services that Australian families rely upon.
RECORD HOSPITAL INVESTMENT
- Delivering record federal funding for public hospital services from $13.3 billion in 2012-13 to a record $21.1 billion this year.
- Delivering funding for Victoria’s hospitals growing from $3.3 billion in 2012-13 to $7 billion in 2024-25.
RECORD GP BULK BILLING
- Ensuring that more Australians can see their doctor without paying; 9 out of every 10 visits to the GP are at no cost to the patient.
- The GP bulk billing rate in Kooyong is at a record 68%.
- Over 133 million free GP services were delivered last year – $27.3 million more than Labor’s last year.
- Guaranteeing and increasing Medicare spending every year from $25 billion in 2018-19 to $29 billion in 2021-22.
- Investing an additional $4.8 billion into Medicare over the next four years.
- Extending Medicare to cover 3D mammography for breast cancer and improved asthma diagnosis.
- In 2017-18 our Medicare investment in Kooyong was $146.1 million.
MAKING MEDICINES MORE AFFORDABLE
- Investing over $10.6 billion to put more than 2,000 life changing medicines on the PBS.
- In Kooyong there are more than 95,000 residents accessing the PBS.
- Ensuring that Australians continue to have affordable access to life-changing medicines.
DELIVERING FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY
- Fully funding the National Disability and Insurance Scheme (NDIS) with over 1,000 local residents accessing the scheme.
- Delivering for local disability and health services organisations with funding of more than $30 million to upgrade local facilities and deliver new programs.
- Investing more than $4.2 billion last year in mental health services.
- Investing $111 million to provide 30 new Headspace services by 2021. Kooyong is fortunate to host a headspace site in Hawthorn which also receives federal government funding and for which I was a strong advocate.
- Investing $737 million over seven years to deliver more services for people living with mental illness, including $461 million for youth mental health and suicide prevention.
- Providing $33.8 million to Lifeline to significantly boost their telephone crisis service.