Transcript – ABC Sydney interview with Robbie Buck

E&OE… Topics: Making private health insurance more affordable and simpler to understand ROBBIE BUCK: Greg Hunt is the Federal Minister for Health and joins us this morning. Good morning. GREG HUNT: Good morning, Robbie ROBBIE BUCK: Okay. Take us through what these changes are and I guess the background behind it, too. GREG HUNT: Well,…

Transcript – Holmesglen Private Hospital, Melbourne

E&OE… Topics: Announcement of private health insurance reforms GREG HUNT: Well, good morning everybody. I’m delighted to be here at Healthscope’s new Holmesglen Private Hospital. Dr Raja Barua, head of the emergency department here, out with Dr Rachel David, from Private Health Australia, Matthew Koce, representing the small insurers, the leaders from Healthscope and from…

Major reforms to make private health insurance simpler and more affordable

The Turnbull Government is today announcing a wide ranging package of reforms to make private health insurance simpler and more affordable for Australians. We know that every dollar matters to Australian families and these reforms will get better value for families and make policies easier to understand. Private health insurance is an essential and valuable…

Transcript – ABC AM Interview with Sabra Lane

E&OE… Topics: Making private health insurance more affordable and simpler to understand SABRA LANE: Joining us now from Melbourne is the Health Minister, Greg Hunt. Minister, good morning and welcome. GREG HUNT: Good morning, Sabra. SABRA LANE: Just briefly, how do you characterise this change? GREG HUNT: This is about including additional coverage for areas…

$200 million research boost to improve the lives of Australian patients

The Turnbull Government is investing over $200 million in world-leading medical research projects to improve the lives of patients battling cancers, mental health illnesses and chronic disease. In addition to this significant investment in medical research, the Turnbull Government is providing $5 million to CanTeen under the Medical Research Future Fund Accelerated Research program to…

A new vaccine to strengthen the health of young Australians

From the start of 2018, young Australians will have free access to the new Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, protecting against more strains of HPV infection. This new and improved vaccine is a significant breakthrough and will provide Australian children with even greater protection against HPV. Gardasil 9 is the most comprehensive and effective HPV vaccine…

Providing affordable access to new treatment for leukaemia and lymphoma

More than 920 Australians each year will benefit from affordable access to a new medicine for leukaemia and lymphoma patients. Ibrutinib (sold as Imbruvica®) would normally cost $187,390 on average per course of treatment, putting it beyond the reach of most patients. This $466 million listing on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme will save patients hundreds…

Marking National Headspace Day

Headspace supports tens of thousands of Australians each year who are struggling with mental health problems by providing vital counselling services in person and online. That’s why the Turnbull Government is supporting headspace with more than $92 million funding this year, to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young Australians. 100 headspace centres operate…

More than 1,400 medicines more affordable from today

The Turnbull Government is continuing to make medicines more affordable with new drugs being subsidised and price reductions for more than 1,400 medications coming into effect today. Millions of Australians suffering from a range of health conditions will benefit from lower priced medications – with savings worth more than half a billion dollars for patients…