Barnaby Joyce

World’s best health system protected in Federal Budget

19 May 2017

World’s best health system protected in Federal Budget



Deputy Prime Minister and Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, said residents in the New England Electorate will continue to have access to the world’s best doctors, nurses, hospitals and medicines after the Federal Coalition Government committed to continuing Medicare and build on what is the world’s best health system well into the future in the recent Budget.


“The 2017-18 Budget supports our Long-Term National Health Plan – based on the four pillars of guaranteeing Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme; supporting hospitals; prioritising mental and preventive health; and investment in medical research,” Mr Joyce said.


“It includes a $10 billion package to invest in Australia’s health system and the health of Australians, and  is the first time that a Federal Government has simultaneously agreed partnerships with our doctors, specialists, pharmacists and the medicines sector.


“Medicare funding will increase by $2.4 billion over the next four years, including a $1 billion commitment to our doctors and patients by restoring indexation of the Medicare rebate commencing with GP bulk billing arrangements from 1 July 2017.


“This means that in the New England, local patients and the 225 GPs of New England will benefit from the Coalition Government’s rock solid commitment to Medicare.


“Another delivery for the New England is the introduction of Health Care Homes and the Government is working closely with doctors on the introduction of our innovative model of care to improve the services for people with complex and chronic conditions, with trials underway shortly.”


The following six sites in New England will be a part of the Health Care Homes trial:


Other commitments delivered in the Budget include patient access to a wider range of services from their community pharmacy, including home visits to eligible patients to help them manage their medications. Up to 100 Pharmacists in New England will benefit from the Turnbull/Joyce Government’s Agreement with the Pharmacy Guild which will deliver medicines reform and an $825 million investment to strengthen patient outcomes and community pharmacy.


Also for aged care, 19 Commonwealth Home Support Programme Providers and 1906 aged care clients in New England will benefit from the Turnbull/Joyce Government’s extension of funding arrangements for up to $5.5 billion over two years, from 2018–19 to 2019–20, for assessments and service delivery.


The Commonwealth Home Support Programme will provide continuity of essential support services to approximately 900,000 older Australians to help them continue living at home and in their communities.


Other Key announcements for the health sector include:

·Key Commonwealth funding for hospitals will increase by $2.8 billion. This brings additional support for hospitals across Australia delivered under the Turnbull/Joyce Government to $7.7 billion.


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