Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2015

Page last updated: 18 December 2015

The 2015 MYEFO identifies efficiencies across a range of programmes and services, funds new spending, and continues reform of the health and aged care sector.

Medicare Benefits Schedule – changes to diagnostic imaging and pathology services bulk billing incentives
From 1 July 2016, the Government will amend or remove incentives to pathology and diagnostic imaging services providers for bulk billing.

Rationalising health and aged care workforce programme funding – Building a health workforce for rural Australia
A new approach will overhaul clinical training programmes, and help place health professionals with the right skills where they are needed most – particularly in rural Australia, by training more health students in rural areas, building a new integrated rural training pipeline, and setting up 30 new regional training hubs.

Rationalising health and aged care workforce programme funding – Mainstreaming support for the aged care workforce
The Government is combining funding for the aged care and health workforces into a single stream – recognising that an integrated approach will better meet the health needs of the nation’s ageing population.

Better Access to Radiation Oncology Programme – Cessation
The Better Access to Radiation Oncology Programme ceases from 2017-18. Radiation oncology services will continue to be supported through the Medicare Benefits Schedule and the Radiation Oncology Health Programme Grant Scheme.

Aged Care provider funding – improve compliance/revise the Complex Health Care Supplement
The Government is taking steps to manage higher than expected growth in funding claims by aged care providers.