Wednesday, 29 November 2017
The coalition government has just announced record high bulk-billing rates, at 85.9 per cent, up from 82.2 per cent in 2012-13. We have compacts with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Australian Medical Association to restore indexation, investing $1 billion from 1 July 2017. The coalition government is delivering record investment in Medicare, rising from $23 billion in 2017-18 to $28 billion in 2020-21, up from $19 billion in 2012-13 under Labor. Commonwealth funding for state and territory hospitals is also at record levels. In the regions, bulk-billing rates continue to grow, year on year. We have recently appointed Australia's first National Rural Health Commissioner and announced additional support for rural telehealth services.