Indigenous Health Services

The Australian Government has a strong commitment to front line, core essential health service delivery, reducing red tape overheads and better supporting efforts to achieve health equality between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

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20 May 2014

The Australian Government has a strong commitment to front line, core essential health service delivery, reducing red tape overheads and better supporting efforts to achieve health equality between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Media reports today indicate concern about the impact of a $7 co-payment on Indigenous patients.

The Minister for Health Peter Dutton said it is important to remember that in addition to funding support under Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, many services receive funding and support through other Indigenous health programmes.

“The Government will be spending almost one billion dollars on specific Indigenous health programmes, Medicare and PBS items. This includes $520 million in grant funding for Indigenous health organisations in 2014-15.” Mr Dutton said. “In addition to this amount state and territory governments provide considerable funding for Indigenous health services.”

“Given the amount of money being administered by Indigenous health services I am keen to get a better understanding of the concerns being raised and of how the funding is being translated into front-line support.”

“It is important to be clear as to why organisations believe they would not be able to provide services for those most in need. I will be keen to see the analysis of where the funding is being spent” Mr Dutton said.

Australians need to know that we have ensured those in need and the vulnerable will be protected. If that patient is a concession card holder or a child under 16, then they will only be expected to pay the $7 contribution a maximum of 10 times in a calendar year (including out-of-hospital pathology and diagnostic imaging services). GPs remain able to set their own fees and will have discretion as to whether they charge the $7 patient contribution.

For further information contact the Minister’s office – 02 6277 7220

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