Leader of the Australian Greens Senator Richard Di Natale has announced a major funding boost for hospital services. Senator Di Natale said that the Australian Greens would commit to funding over $4 billion dollars into funding public hospitals to 2020. The Australian Greens will also stop the freeze and invest in Medicare.
“Both Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten have failed to make the commitment to secure our health system. It’s patients that lose out when funding for hospitals remains uncertain and inadequate,” said Senator Di Natale.
“The Australian Greens will protect and reinvest in your health by committing over $4 billion dollars of funding to public hospitals across the country. We will also end the freeze on Medicare by investing $2.4 billion into the Medical Benefits Scheme to protect our bulkbilling services.”
“Health care should be universal and every Australian deserves secure access to the services that they need. “Investing in your health is a long-term commitment, and Australians need a government that is willing to look long-term and provide surety. The Commonwealth must increase its funding to match 50% of the efficient growth in hospital costs from the next budget cycle. “If the Government isn’t able to secure the future of Australian healthcare, then we are in a sick state of affairs. “It’s the role of government to protect vital services, like healthcare, and to match the funding for the growth in hospital costs so that they are funded properly,” Senator Di Natale said.