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Promises, promises….

Who has promised what on health policy so far…

 

Announcement

Date

Cost

Comment/reaction

Labor

$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

Medicare rebate indexation frozen to mid-2014

14 May

$664 million

Greens promise to reinstate indexation

Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder strategy

6 August

$20 million

 

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

 

Greens

Medicare rebate indexation reinstated

27 July

$600 million

 

 

Independent Health Advisory Panel to oversee asylum seeker health care

 

6 August

$2 million

 

Universal dental care

27 July

tbc

 

Ban on junk food ads to children

8 August

n.a.

 

 

 

n.a. – not applicable

tbc – to be confirmed

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