According to the ABC, President of AMA, Tony Bartone, said while the Government gave almost $50 billion to public hospitals last financial year, it had not been enough to turn the tide against chronically underfunded hospitals.
- Here’s the gist: The AMA believe the April 2nd, 2019-20 Federal Budget is the ideal opportunity for the Commonwealth Government to unveil the details of its long-term vision for the Australian health system. AMA has stressed the need for this Budget, and any election policies, from both the Government and Opposition, to contain significant, long-term funding commitments to primary health care, led by general practice.
AMA’s pre-budget submission has focused on 9 (nine) areas:
- General Practice and Primary Care
- Public Hospitals
- A Future-proofed Medicare
- Medical Care for Older Australians
- Private Health
- Diagnostic Imaging
- Health and Medical Research
- Mental Health
KEY INSIGHTS: According to the ABC, the latest figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare showed approx. 874,000 patients were added to the public hospital elective surgery waiting list in 2017-18, an increase of 70,000 people since 2013. Only 871,000 were removed from the list, showing hospitals are struggling to keep up with demand for surgery.