Medical & Allied Health Services: Special Budget Edition (April 2019)
With the recent release of the Federal Budget, this snapshot summary highlights some of the Government's key focus areas. Outside of the measures for general practice and mental health, there were very few initiatives of significance.
- $448.5 million of increased funding to support the recommendations from the Medicare Review:
- Voluntary registration for patients over 70.
- Access to flexible, non face-to-face services.
- Focused on improved care for patients suffering from chronic diseases.
- $201.5 million increase for Practice Incentive Program Quality Improvement (PIP QI):
- Boost for PIP QI funding pool.
- Retention of Aged Care Access Incentive.
- This initiative was supposed to commence in May 2019 but has been delayed until August 2019.
- $187.2 million to unfreeze 176 GP service items from 1 July 2019.
- $736.6 million boost for mental health services.
- $441.1 million specifically addressing youth mental health and suicide prevention.
- The majority of these funds are expected to be channelled through the Primary Health Networks (PHNs).
It's worth noting the following upgrades and changes:
- Extending the Child Dental Benefit Schedule for 3 years from 1 January 2020, investing over $1 billion.
- Increase funding for aged care by $7 billion.
- Increase home aged care packages from $124,032 in 2018-19 to $157,154 in 2022-23.
- Investment of $5.9 billion to extend the Commonwealth Home Support Program.
- Further investment to make information about out of pocket costs charged by medical specialists publicly available:
- Initially focused on gynaecology, obstetrics and cancer services.
- Uptake of Medicare Review recommended improvements to support breast cancer, prostate cancer & brain surgery patients; people having x-rays, and patients in private hospital emergency departments and intensive care units.
For more information regarding the tax and superannuation budget measures view our Brentnalls SA newsletter.
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