Medical Research Future Fund delivering better health outcomes for Victorians

The Turnbull Government will provide $2 million from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) to Monash Partners to support collaborative health and medical research into ways to make the health system work better for Victorians. This support is part of a new $10 million Rapid Applied Research Translation program announced in the 2017-18 Budget to…

Strongest bulk billing rates since Medicare’s inception

More Australian patients are visiting their doctor without having to reach for their wallet than ever before, with GP bulk billing rates for the March 2017 quarter increasing to 85.6% compared to 85.1% in the same quarter last year. This is the highest bulk billing rate for any March quarter since the inception of Medicare.…

Transcript – ABC AM interview with Matt Wordsworth

E&OE… Topics: Turnbull Government guaranteeing Medicare, record bulk billing figures, MATT WORDSWORTH: I’m joined now by Health Minister Greg Hunt. Minister, welcome. GREG HUNT: Good morning Matt. MATT WORDSWORTH: More people than ever are accessing bulk billing. What’s driving this long-term rise? GREG HUNT: Well I think that the important point is, as you say,…

Transcript – 2GB interview with Ben Fordham

E&OE… Topics: Sportsbet ad; Newspoll; record bulk billing figures BEN FORDHAM: I understand that television networks have received a significant number of complaints after screening this ad over the weekend, and now the federal Sports Minister Greg Hunt is calling for the ad to be pulled. Greg Hunt joins us on the line. Minister, good…

Transcript – ABC interview with Tracey Holmes

E&OE… Topics: Commonwealth Games; sport funding; AOC and ASC relationship; TRACEY HOLMES: Well Minister, thank you for joining us once again. Let’s talk about the federal Budget. There was a one off injection for the Commonwealth Games athletics preparation of about $15.5 million and that looks like about it. Other than that, it looks like…

Transcript – Sky News interview with David Speers

E&OE… Topics: Labor vote in favour of dangerous unregulated drugs; medicinal cannabis; Medicare freeze DAVID SPEERS: Let me get a quick reaction from you to that headline two party preferred number. As I say, the Government’s done a lot in the last few weeks on the citizenship test, 457s, Gonski 2.0, the Budget and you…

Guaranteeing Medicare and improving access to medicines for Australians

The 2017-18 Budget delivers on the Turnbull Government’s rock solid commitment to Medicare and improving access to medicines – with increased patient rebates and a strengthened Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) as key measures of our over $94.2 billion overall investment in health, aged care and sport. The Government will establish a Medicare Guarantee Fund from…

Guaranteeing vital services for Australia’s world class health system

The 2017-18 Budget delivers on the Turnbull Government’s commitment to guarantee Medicare and ensure our health system continues to be one of the best in the world – where every Australian has access to the best doctors, nurses, hospitals and medicines. This Budget supports our Long-Term National Health Plan – based on the four pillars…

Transcript – FIVEaa interview with Leon Byner

E&OE… Topics: $68 million to support the establishment of Australia’s first Proton Beam Therapy facility; Budget LEON BYNER: Let’s talk to Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt. Greg, thanks for joining us today. GREG HUNT: Pleasure Leon. LEON BYNER: What was it that you decide to put this beam here in Adelaide? GREG HUNT: Well South…