The Liberal Government is guaranteeing essential services Australians rely on. We are increasing funding for hospitals, medicines and Medicare.
RECORD HOSPITAL INVESTMENT
The Liberal Government is delivering record funding for hospitals.
We have injected record hospital funding in WA - funding has gone up 81% since Labor was last in charge - from $1.02 billion in 2012/13 to $1.85 billion in 2017/18.
Under the Liberal Government’s new national hospital agreement, between 2020 and 2025, WA public hospitals will receive an additional $3.5 billion in federal funding.
Across Australia our hospital funding is up by from $13 billion when Labor left office to over $21 billion this year. And we are increasing our funding by over $30 billion between 2020 and 2025.
For you and your family, this means more hospital services, more doctors and more nurses.
JOONDALUP HEALTH CAMPUS
We have invested $158 million in Joondalup Health Campus, expanding and improving hospital facilities, helping to save lives and improving patient care.
Our investment has delivered:
90 new public beds;
75 new mental health beds;
a new stroke unit;
3 new cardiac catheter laboratories;
a new 25 bed Coronary Care Unit;
allowing for further expansion of the existing High Dependency Unit;
an urgent care clinic;
an ambulatory care centre; and
a Medihotel facility, ensuring Joondalup Health Campus can further develop its capacity to care for more complex patients closer to home.
ST JOHN OF GOD MIDLAND HOSPITAL
More than 400,000 Australians will now be able to access lifesaving scans for cancer, stroke, heart and other medical conditions with a $175 million investment in 30 new MRIs, including a fully-licensed MRI at St John of Midland Hospital - meaning better, more affordable health care for residents of Pearce.
Having a fully licenced MRI in Midland will slash wait times, put more money back in your pocket and make a difference for thousands of people.
The full MRI licence is expected to benefit 4,000 patients a year through a Medicare rebate and provide an estimated 5,500 services a year.
RECORD BULK BILLING
In 2012-13 the GP bulk billing rate for WA was 72.9% and this has increased by 11.2% under the Liberal Government to 84% this year.
In Pearce, the GP bulk billing rate has increased by over 10% under the Liberal Government, rising from 80.8% in 2012-13 to 90.9% in 2017-18.
In Pearce over 90% of people who visit their local GP are being bulk billed, meaning that they will not incur any out of pocket costs.
This is up by over 10% since Labor left office and has translated into an additional 360,819 GP services being bulk billed over this period.
Because of our stronger economy, the Liberal Government has been able to increase investment into Medicare in Pearce.
Local Medicare funding has increased from $96.5 million under Labor to $144 million under the Liberal Government – this funding is delivering more services, more doctors and more nurses to Pearce residents.
There have never been more GPs providing Medicare services in Pearce with significant growth in local doctors delivering critical health services to the patients of Pearce – there are 84 more GPs delivering Medicare funded services in Pearce when compared against Labor’s last year in office.
The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme is one of the four pillars of our health system, along with Medicare, Private Health Insurance and universal access to public hospitals.
The PBS needs a responsible government managing a strong economy, to pay for this.
Since 2013 the Liberal Government has added more than 2000 new medicines to the PBS, investing more than $10.5 billion – in comparison in 2011 when Bill Shorten was Assistant Treasurer, the former Labor Government stopped patients having affordable access to seven medicines recommended by the experts because of their financial mismanagement.
There’s an extra 29,000 people who are benefiting from life-changing medicines the Government has added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.
New medicines listed by the Liberal Government will assist people suffering from cancer, heart disease, epilepsy, spinal muscular atrophy and severe asthma.
Some of these cost thousands of dollars, but are now available for $6.40 (concessional) or $39.50 (general patients) per script. For example, we are helping:
3,150 women with breast cancer by subsidising Kisquali. Without PBS subsidy, this would cost around $72,000 per year.
4,000 Australians with chronic pain from spinal arthritis by subsidising Simponi. Without subsidy, this would cost over $15,000 a year.
1,000 Australians with a type of head and neck cancer by subsidising Opdivo. Without subsidy, it would cost around $50,000 a year.
850 Australians with lung cancer by subsidising Keytruda. Without subsidy, this would cost around $188,000 a year.
220 Australians with a type of lymphoma cancer by subsidising Imbruvica. Without subsidy, this would cost around $134,000 a year.
1,500 Australian chemotherapy patients by subsidising Neulasta. Without subsidy, this would cost over $4,500 per course.
1,125 patients with rare types of leukaemia by subsidising Pegasys. Without subsidy, this would cost more than $18,000 a year.
6,000 Australians with an inherited high cholesterol condition by subsidising Repatha. Without subsidy, this would cost around $8,000 per year.
To help the one in five Australians who experience mental health problems each year, the Government is increasing mental health funding to around $4.7 billion this year.
New funding has been provided for: community mental health; mental health research; assistance to prevent suicide at hotspot locations; Telehealth access for psychological services in regional areas; and support for current and former Defence Force personnel.
We recently launched the comprehensive Head to Health website that combines help from 26 mental health providers (including Headspace, Beyond Blue and Mind Frame) to improve access to the right help for Australians who need it.
We have increased funding to Lifeline and the 107 Headspace centres across Australia.