Landmark Cystic Fibrosis Medicine Listed

The Morrison Government will subsidise a life-changing cystic fibrosis medicine which significantly extends the lives of patients while saving families up to a quarter of a million dollars a year.   Orkambi® will be available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) from 1 October 2018 for all patients over the age of 6 years who…

Thousands benefit from ADHD and rheumatoid arthritis treatment

From today, the Morrison Government will make medicines that treat rheumatoid arthritis and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) cheaper, with new additions to Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) on September 1. Over 400,000 Australians suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune disease that targets the lining of joints and causes inflammation and joint damage resulting…

The Life Saving Drugs Program to be improved

The Morrison Government is taking steps to improve access to lifesaving medicines for rare diseases by establishing an expert panel for the Life Saving Drugs Program.   I am delighted to announce that Australia’s former Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Hobbs will be appointed as chair of the LSDP Expert Panel.   Other members…

Doorstop – Melbourne

E&OE…                       Topics: Monash University’s new neuroscience facility; leadership; energy; Julia Banks.   GREG HUNT: To Professor Terry O’Brien, Professor Christina Mitchell, congratulations to Monash and to Alfred on the new neuroscience department. It is about saving lives and protecting lives. It’s about giving hope and treatment to people with epilepsy, with Alzheimer’s, and the…

Remarks – National Nurses Forum – Gold Coast

E&OE…                       GREG HUNT: And thanks very much to Ronnie, to previous speaker Del and I have to say what you were discussing in relation to men’s health and also what we do on women’s health is a national priority. We are working now on putting into place a long term plan out to 2030…

Statement

I am honoured and humbled to be sworn in today as Minister for Health in the Morrison Government. It is a role with immense responsibility, touching the lives of every Australian and I am delighted to continue my work which is improving the health of all Australians. The last week has been a challenging time…

Transcript – Canberra

E&OE…                       Topics: Medicare bulk billing rate hits historic 86.1 per cent   GREG HUNT: I’m delighted to announce that Australia has today achieved record bulk billing levels. That’s 86.1 per cent for GP visits. That’s the highest level on record and that’s for the year just ended, for 2017/18. It’s up from 82.2 per…

Funding to improve lives of Australians with allergies

The Turnbull Government will invest more than half a million dollars in projects to improve the lives of Australians who live with allergies.   The funding will be used to back a range of projects identified as part a National Allergy Strategy, which was developed by the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy and…

Interview with Leon Byner – 5AA Mornings

E&OE…                       Topics: Medicare bulk billing rate hits historic 86.1 per cent; public hospitals harvesting private patients   LEON BYNER: Let’s welcome Greg Hunt, the federal Health Minister. Greg, thanks for coming on today.   GREG HUNT: Good morning, Leon.   LEON BYNER: So you’ve got an interesting thing where the data looks very good,…

Medicare bulk billing rate hits historic 86.1 per cent

A record amount of Australians are visiting their doctor without having to pay a cent with the latest Medicare data confirming almost nine out of every ten services were fully bulk-billed.   The data for the 2017-18 financial year shows an increase of more than 5.7 million free services compared to last year, boosting the…