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26 Aug 2013

The Coalitions health policies for the future

The Coalition’s health policies are policies for the future.

The Coalition’s Policy to Support Australia’s Health System will tackle chronic diseases, provide faster access to newly approved medicines, invest in Australia’s medical workforce and help prepare the health system for the demographic changes ahead.

I understand, and Tony Abbott understands, that a healthier Australia means a stronger and more productive Australia.

The last Coalition government invested significantly in our health system underpinned by a growing, strong economy. 

The Coalition has the experience and plan to deliver a sustainable and strong health system into the long term. 

The Coalition’s Policy to Support Australia’s Health System will:

  • Strengthen primary care by providing $52.5 million to expand existing general practices for teaching and supervision;
  • Invest $119 million to double the practice incentive payment for teaching in general practice;
  • Secure greater certainty for our future health workforce by providing $40 million for 400 medical internships;
  • Provide 500 additional nursing and allied health scholarships for students and health professionals in areas of need;
  • Restore the independence of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) and restore integrity to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme listing process so that medicines can get to patients faster;
  • Provide the Health Minister with authority to list medicines recommended by the PBAC that do not cost more than $20 million in any of the first four years of its listing;
  • Develop a new National Diabetes Strategy as well as provide $35 million to find a cure for Type One Diabetes;
  • Provide biennial bowel cancer screening for all Australians between 50 and 74 by 2020 through the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program;
  • Restore the Private Health Insurance Rebate as soon as we responsibly can;
  • Deliver a more efficient funding model for hospitals through activity-based funding; and
  • Support greater community involvement in the management and responsibility of local hospitals.

My approach to health, if the Coalition is elected, will be careful, collegial and consultative.

We will work with the States and Territories in delivering a world-class health system.

This will be a stark contrast to Labor’s chaotic approach to health.

With demand for health services expected to grow, we want to direct more resources to the frontline and remove unnecessary bureaucracy.

By cutting waste, streamlining bureaucracy and providing strong and competent leadership, we can provide much-needed resources to support frontline services and build our health and medical workforce.

The Coalition has a proud record of strong and capable leadership in health.

It is my firm belief that the Coalition’s reforms can deliver Australians the high quality health system they deserve into the future.

By shifting the focus to patient outcomes from bureaucracy, we can deliver for all Australians.

Published: 26 Aug 2013