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Promises, Promises – Health in 2013 Election

Announcement

Date

Cost

Comment/reaction

 

Labor

Medicare rebate indexation frozen to mid-2014

14 May

$664 million

Greens promise to reinstate indexation

$2000 cap on tax deductions for self-education expenses deferred 12 months to mid-2015

2 August

$250 million over four years

AMA and Scrap the Cap Alliance vow to continue fighting measure; Coalition yet to comment

Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder strategy

6 August

$20 million

 

Closing the Gap

9 August

$5 million over four years

Education and disability services

Emergency Asthma training and awareness

11 August

$10.5 million

 

STI and Blood Borne Viruses

12 August

$30 million

New prevention program

Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital

13 August

$100 million

 

St George Hospital upgrade

13 August

$22 million

 

Complex care unit at Epworth Geelong Hospital

12 August

$12 million

 

Neonatal care unit and hospice at Flinders Medical Centre

18 August

$15 million

 

Tax benefit cut for non immunised children

18 August

n.a.

Parents will lose the Family Tax Benefit Part A if their children are not fully immunised

Westmead Hospital upgrade

18 August

$100 million

 

Medical research facility for Westmead Millennium Institute

18 August

$12 million

 

Children’s Medical Research Institute

18 August

$10 million

 

Medicare license for the MRI machine at Mt Druitt

18 August

$6 million

 

Linear accelerator and mammogram machine at Nepean Hospital

18 August

$10 million

 

Medicare Locals to provide stroke care

19 August

$50 million

 

Palliative care services in Tas

19 August

$49 million

 

Medical Research Innovation Fund

20 August

$250 million

Labor will commit $125 million; the rest to be funded privately

Cancer care team in WA

21 August

$10 million

 

Mental Health Policy

30 August

$34 million

 

Cancer treatment at Royal Princess Alexandra, Royal Brisbane and Prince Charles Hospitals

21 August

$10 million

 

Cancer care nurse at Alan Walker Centre, Darwin

21 August

$890,000

 

Pharmaceutical Pricing Policy

21 August

n.a.

Patients will save $125 million on the price of medicines

Labor to ban political parties from accepting tobacco donations

22 August

n.a.

 

 

 

Announcement

Date

Cost

Comment/reaction

 

Coalition

Medicare Locals to be reviewed

24 May

n.a.

 

Medibank Private to be sold off

 

tbc

Greens don’t rule out supporting sell off

Private health insurance means test to be scrapped

24 May

tbc

 

Government policy to cap indexation of private health insurance rebate backed

27 May

$700 million saving

 

National Health and Medical Research Council funding guaranteed

24 June

$3.7 billion

 

Indigenous Advisory Council

11 August

n.a.

 

Disability and Carers policy

20 August

tbc

Coalition will implement the National Disability Insurance Scheme

National Diabetes Strategy and research into Type One Diabetes

22 August

$35 million

 

GP teaching and supervision

22 August

$52.5 million

Used to expand GP practices

PIP payments for teaching

22 August

$119 million

PIP payments will double from $100 to $200 for teaching in general practice

Medical internships

22 August

$40 million

Commit to 100 medical internships, each year for 4 years

Nursing and Allied health

22 August

 

500 extra scholarships for nursing and allied health

Bowel Cancer screening

22 August

tbc

Bring forward the roll out of the Bowel Cancer Screening program

Australian Institute o f Tropical Health and Medicine

22 August

$42 million

 

Restore independence of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee

22 August

n.a.

 

Review the Medicare Locals structure

22 August

n.a.

 

Grafton Hospital ambulatory care

27 August

$10million

 

 

Announcement

Date

Cost

Comment/reaction

 

The Greens

Medicare rebate indexation reinstated

27 July

$644 million

 

Independent Health Advisory Panel to oversee asylum seeker health care

6 August

$2 million

 

Universal dental care

27 July

$4.87 billion

 

Drug summit and inquiry

13 August

n.a.

Examine a new illicit drugs policy

Dying with dignity

15 August

n.a.

Greens will introduce Dying With Dignity Legislation

Ban on gambling in sport

17 August

n.a.

 

Clean Air Act

26 August

tbc

 

Mental health policy

27 August

$1.1 billion

Boost mental health research, primary care and suicide prevention. $550 million over three years for rural mental health

National Preventative Health Agency

29 August

n.a.

Expand their scope beyond alcohol, tobacco and obesity

Chronic disease plan

29 August

tbc

  • Introduce mandatory front of pack food labels
  • Ban on sunbeds
  • Ban junk food ads and alcohol ads to children

Hospital investment

29 August

$1.5 billion over 3 years

This includes $450 million for rural and regional hospitals

Access to medicines

29 August

n.a.

  • Commit to listing all medicines found to be effective – PBS
  • Inquiry into out-of-pocket expenses 
  • Greater transparency in industry

Hearing health

29 August

$368 million

 

Rural health infrastructure grants

29 August

$200 million

 

 

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