Source: ABC 

Record funding of $81.8 billion has been allocated to the health sector in the 2019-20 Federal Budget.

Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s Budget included $448.5 million for GPs to better treat patients with chronic disease, $21.6 billion for aged care, $737 million for mental health services and $309 million to broaden access to diagnostic imaging.

What has been allocated for the health system?

  • $461 million for youth mental health and suicide prevention
  • 10,000 home care packages for aged care
  • $84 million for carer respite
  • $62.2 million over five years to train new rural GPs
  • $309 million for diagnostic imaging services, including 23 new MRI licences
  • $331 million over five years for new pharmaceuticals, including high-cost cancer treatments
  • $107.8 million over seven years for hospitals and facilities including Redland Hospital, Bowen Hospital, Bass Coast Health and Ronald McDonald House
  • $70.8 million over seven years for regional cancer diagnosis, treatment and therapy centres
  • $114.5 million from 2020-21 to trial eight mental health facilities for adults
  • $43.9 million for mental health services for expectant and new parents
  • $35.7 million over five years for increased dementia and veterans’ home care supplements
  • $320 million this year as a one-off increase to the basic subsidy for residential aged-care recipients.

Total spending on health is also expected to increase by more than 9 per cent to $89.5 billion in 2022-23.


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