Delivering essential health services

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 MEDICARE

  • 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.

MENTAL HEALTH

  • 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.