Authorised by Chris StoneLiberal Party of Australia, NSW DivisionLevel 2, 131 Macquarie StreetSydney NSW 2000Phone: (02) 8356 0300
The Coalition Government believes nothing is more important than the health of all Australians.
That’s why we have invested at record levels making Australia one of the top three health systems in the world – saving and protecting lives through the global pandemic.
Our $132 billion health portfolio investment in 2022-23 growing to $140 billion in 2025-26 guarantees Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), record hospital funding and delivers more mental health services, more support through your doctor and more medical research.
One of the big lessons of COVID is that we must be prepared for future health shocks.
Our Long Term National Health Plan builds on our strong pandemic response. Over the next decade, we will continue to improve the health care of all Australians – from telehealth to onshore pandemic vaccine manufacturing.
The Australian Government now contributes 61 per cent of total government spending on health, including public hospital funding, Medicare, your GP and specialist visits, medicines, and private health insurance. State and territory funding is 39 per cent of Government funding.
Under our Government:
The Coalition’s almost $3 billion Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan will expand Australia’s headspace network to 164 sites by 2025-26 (up from just 56 when our Government took office in 2013) and deliver new adult and child mental health services and eating disorder centres across Australia.
Under the Coalition, Australia will be the first country outside of Europe and North America with an mRNA vaccine manufacturing plant. We’re building on our existing capacity to produce pandemic influenza vaccines, flu vaccines and antivenoms.
Our Government’s response to the global pandemic has followed a uniquely Australian plan.
We’ve got the balance right, investing over $45 billion in our health response and over $314 billion in economic support to protect lives and livelihoods.
Australia’s vaccination rates are among the highest in the world.
Our death rate from COVID is one of the lowest in the world, and tens of thousands of lives have been saved.
On almost every measure – economic growth, jobs growth, debt levels, fatality rates or vaccination rates – Australia’s pandemic recovery is leading the world.
Through the National Partnership on COVID-19 Response we have provided $10.5 billion to support 50 per cent of the cost of state and territory health systems responding to COVID-19 outbreaks and to address elective surgery waiting lists.
Only the Coalition Government’s strong economic management can ensure our health system stays strong.
A strong economy ensures we can invest in the essential services we need.
A re-elected Coalition Government will:
Our $6.3 billion, 10-year Medical Research Future Fund Plan is delivering breakthrough advances in treatments and cures, and creating more jobs in our world-class medical and biotechnology sector.
As part of this plan, over $170 million will be invested to help researchers around the country tackle problems like hospital emergency demand, pain management for children with musculoskeletal conditions and the use of immunoglobulins to prevent infections and treat peripheral nerve disease.
Labor can’t manage money, so they stopped listing life-changing medications on the PBS, cut mental health services, cut funding for the private health insurance rebates for families and threatened medical research funding.
Australians cannot trust Labor to manage the economy, or to manage their health care.
The Coalition Government will invest $273.1 million to expand the Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Initiative from 1 July 2022 to an additional 71,000 people with Type 1 diabetes.
This means that every Australian with Type 1 diabetes will have access to a potentially life-saving CGM device, which could cost up to $5,000 per year without subsidy.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that attacks a person’s ability to produce insulin.
People with this condition must track their glucose levels day and night for their entire life.
This life changing technology continually monitors glucose levels and provides alerts if they become unsafe. By better controlling blood glucose levels, self-management of diabetes is significantly improved and the risk of emergency hospital visits reduced.
Our Government established the Continuous Glucose Monitoring Scheme in 2017.
The Morrison Government expanded eligibility for the program in 2019 so that over 58,000 people under the age of 21, concession card holders and pregnant women could secure CGM devices for free.
The Coalition will continue to invest in and modernise Medicare to ensure all Australians get the health care they need.
Telehealth is permanent and universal with 100 million new services to over 17 million people since its introduction in March 2020 with an investment of over $5 billion.
Our Government has added new treatments and tests to Medicare, including for breast cancer, obstetrics and gynaecology, heart disease and mental health.
Under the Coalition Government, Australians will have more affordable and guaranteed access to medicines and vaccines through the PBS and National Immunisation Program (NIP).
In the 2022-23 Budget, we invested a further $2.4 billion for new and amended PBS listings including treatments for breast cancer, cystic fibrosis, severe eczema, asthma, spinal muscular atrophy, HIV infection and heart failure.
Recent PBS listings include:
Through the PBS patients can access their medicines for a maximum of $42.50 per script, or as little as $6.80 with a concession card. Over 91 per cent of PBS scripts are dispensed to concession card holders, pensioners and low income earners, meaning they pay no more than $6.80 per script or receive their script for free if they reach the PBS safety net.
Our Government has also delivered access to new vaccines for meningococcal, whooping cough and flu through the NIP.
These life-changing achievements are in stark contrast to Labor. Labor stopped listing medicines because they couldn’t manage the economy.
The Morrison Government is focused on the physical, mental, social and economic health and well-being of women and girls, investing a further $333 million in the recent Budget through our National Women’s Health Strategy 2020–2030.
The Coalition Government is investing more than $4.6 billion over four years to prioritise and improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a focus on improving health infrastructure, and providing better support for maternal and antenatal care, aged care and mental health services.
We have worked in partnership with indigenous health experts on the implementation of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan, which seeks to meet the health targets and priority reforms of the National Agreement on Closing the Gap Agreement through culturally safe, integrated and holistic care.
The Coalition Government is committed to quality health care for all Australians – including our regions and rural and remote communities.
That’s what our 10-Year Stronger Rural Health Strategy is all about.
Access to free and expert care in our public hospitals underpins our world-class health system.
Since coming to office, our Government has doubled funding for public hospitals from $13.3 billion in 2012-13 to about $27.2 billion in 2022-23, growing to $32.7 billion in 2025-26.
In the 2022-23 Budget, we are boosting public hospital funding by $9.8 billion since the 2021-22 Budget.
This is in addition to the significant investment in the National Partnership on COVID-19 Response, which has provided $10.5 billion to support 50 per cent of the cost of state and territory health systems responding to COVID-19 outbreaks, and to address elective surgery waiting lists.
Our Government’s reforms and investment in the private health insurance rebate are working. For the first time in a decade, we have seen six consecutive quarters of growth in private hospital treatment coverage meaning more people are getting greater value out of their coverage and reducing pressure on the public health system
Private health insurance membership is at record levels, with more than 14 million Australians now covered.
The 2022 premium change is the lowest in more than 21 years and the eighth successive decline in premium changes since Labor’s last year in Government in 2013.
Our Government has increased investment in the patient rebate for private health insurance from $5.4 billion in 2012-13 to $6.9 billion in 2022-23.
We’ve implemented new, easy to understand gold, silver, bronze and basic classifications for private health insurance, standard clinical definitions, better access to mental health, better care in rural and regional Australia, lower prices for medical devices, and more flexibility for families and people with disabilities to receive their care.
Australia’s world-leading health response to COVID-19 resulted in one of the lowest fatality rates, with death rates in the US and UK around 10 times higher.
Together with all Australians, our plan has helped save tens of thousands of lives and protected livelihoods.
While the global pandemic was unexpected, Australia was up to the challenge. Our hospitals, clinicians and experts – and most of all, our dedicated health workforce – stepped up to save and protect Australian lives.
The Morrison Government followed the medical advice, working closely with the states and territories and the community, and suppressed the virus through: closing international borders, quarantine, building our health system capacity, locally-made vaccines, ventilators and PPE, social distancing and strong testing rates, tracing and hygiene practices. More than 95 per cent of Australians aged 16 and over have been vaccinated. Tens of thousands of lives have been saved.
The 2022–23 Budget focused on our preparedness for future pandemics and brings the Government’s pandemic health response to over $45 billion.
Under the Morrison Government, mental health and suicide prevention is a national priority.
We want all Australians to have access to the support they need, when and where they need it.
The Morrison Government is committed to working towards zero suicides.
Our $3 billion National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan is the largest ever federal government investment in mental health and suicide prevention. The 2022-23 Budget included Stage 2 commitments worth $648.6 million.
Our mental health and suicide prevention funding in the health portfolio alone will increase to a record of around $6.8 billion in 2022-23. That’s more than double the $3.3 billion when Labor was last in government.
We have delivered Mental Health and Suicide Prevention funding agreements with the states and territories, and are establishing a national network of up to 70 Head to Health adult mental health services and at least 15 Head to Health Kids centres. These will provide greater access to affordable, high quality, person-centred mental health care across the country.
The Morrison Government’s National Preventive Health Strategy 2021–2030 aims to improve the health of all Australians through physical activity, better nutrition and reducing alcohol and other harmful drug use. Our Government is providing an additional $30.1 million for the Strategy, focusing on increasing physical activity and nutrition.
The Coalition Government has committed over $1 billion to support adult dental care for concession card holders since coming to Government, with an additional $107.8 million in the 2022–23 Budget.
Our investment has delivered an additional 1.8 million dental services.
We are also building on our work to date to tackle alcohol and drug use through prevention and treatment.
The Morrison Government recognises that a stronger and healthier future depends on cutting edge medical research.
We’ve committed $6.8 billion over four years to drive the world-leading research that will improve health outcomes, as well as create jobs and economic growth:
The 2022-23 Budget included $303.5 million in new medical research grants.
A further $170 million will be invested to help researchers around the country tackle problems like hospital emergency demand, pain management for children with musculoskeletal conditions and the use of immunoglobulins to prevent infections and treat peripheral nerve disease.
The Coalition Government’s significant investment in medical research will help uncover the next wave of therapeutic discoveries, protecting and saving lives here and around the world.
We are tackling childhood cancer through the Zero Childhood Cancer Initiative, and undertaking groundbreaking screening for life-threatening genetic conditions through Mackenzie's Mission.
Australia has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world, ranking 5th among advanced economies with over 57 million doses administered.
We provided better access to healthcare with Telehealth (over 100 million consultations since the start of the pandemic), which has now been made universal and permanent.
Australia has one of the highest COVID testing rates in the world, with more than 68 million PCR tests taken and over 30 million free rapid antigen tests provided to concession card holders.
To ensure we continue to protect vulnerable Australians, we have invested a further $2.1 billion in the Winter Response Plan. This includes another 161 million units of personal protective equipment and 26 million Rapid Antigen Tests for residential aged care facilities.
Federal funding for public hospitals has nearly doubled – from $13.3 billion under Labor in 2012-13 to $27.2 billion in 2022-23. Under our five-year hospital agreements, funding is expected to increase to $30.7 billion in 2024-25.
As well, through the National Partnership on COVID-19 Response, the Morrison Government has provided $10.5 billion to support 50 per cent of the cost of state and territory health systems in responding to COVID-19 outbreaks, and to address elective surgery waiting lists.
Under our Government, federal funding has grown to 61 per cent of total government health expenditure, with the states and territories funding 39 per cent.
Under our Government, over 2,900 new or amended medicine listings worth $16.5 billion have been added to the PBS. Some of these medicines cost thousands of dollars, but are now available for $6.80 (concessional) or $42.50 (general patients) per script.
We’re making it easier for Australians to get their medicines. With the introduction of e-prescribing, more than 46 million original and repeat prescriptions have already been generated electronically.
For the first time, Medicare is covering the cost of MRI and PET scans for breast cancer patients – improving diagnosis and treatment.
Our Government’s landmark reforms to private health insurance have made it simpler and more affordable, with the lowest premium changes in 21 years.
Our Government has more than doubled funding for mental health since 2013, from $3.3 billion to an estimated $6.8 billion in 2022-23.
The Morrison Government committed more than $1.3 billion in response to the mental health impacts of the pandemic and has doubled the number of Medicare-subsidised psychological services available through the Better Access Initiative, from 10 to 20.
More funding is being provided for Lifeline, headspace, Beyond Blue and Kids Helpline.
We’ve delivered a new National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Agreement and the world’s first National Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy to focus on mental health and wellbeing for children up to age 12.
We’ve established Australia’s first National Suicide Prevention Office to oversee a coordinated nationwide approach to suicide prevention and help work towards the Morrison Government’s target of zero suicides.
We’ve implemented the first National Action Plan for Endometriosis to improve health outcomes for women and girls suffering from endometriosis. There is $58 million for support and a national network of endometriosis and pelvic pain clinics.
We’ve developed the first National Stillbirth Action and Implementation Plan, aiming to reduce the rate of Australian stillbirths by 20 per cent by 2025.
Under our Government, 64 new Medicare items enable people suffering from an eating disorder to access up to 40 psychological and 20 dietetic services per year. Six new residential eating disorder treatment centres are being established.
The immunisation rate for five-year-old children is now over 95 per cent – the highest on record – with access to new vaccines for meningococcal, whooping cough, HPV virus and flu through the National Immunisation Program.
In just the first two years of the Government’s $550 million Stronger Rural Health Strategy, more than 700 extra GPs and 700 nurses are working in regional and remote areas. The Strategy is delivering 3,000 more doctors and over 3,000 extra nurses and allied health professionals over the next decade.
The Coalition Government established and expanded free access to glucose monitoring devices for pregnant women, children and more adults with Type 1 diabetes.
The Coalition has taken a critical step in helping to end the transmission of HIV. People at medium to high risk of HIV infection now have access to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) on the PBS.
Our Government established the landmark $20 billion Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) which has so far funded 722 projects.
There is a clear choice at this election.
Labor can’t be trusted on health, because they can’t manage money.
When last in government:
Labor's only COVID-19 pandemic policy was to spend $6 billion paying vaccinated Australians to get vaccinated.
 Health expenditure in 2019-20, by source of funds and area of expenditure (Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), Health expenditure Australia 2019-20). https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/health-welfare-expenditure/health-expenditure-australia-2019-20/contents/summary
 Health expenditure in 2019-20, by source of funds and area of expenditure (Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), Health expenditure Australia 2019-20).
The Coalition is investing an additional $273.1 million over the forward estimates to expand eligibility for the Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Initiative from 1 July 2022 to an additional 71,000 people with Type 1 diabetes.
Funding for other policies detailed in the Coalition's Plan For Strengthening Australia’s World Class Health System is already provisioned for within budget estimates.
Authorised by Chris StoneLiberal Party of Australia, NSW DivisionLevel 2, 131 Macquarie StreetSydney NSW 2000Phone: (02) 8356 0300
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