Read the latest media releases, speeches and transcripts from the ministers of the Health portfolio.
The Australian Government is working proactively to find solutions to support patients following an unexpected shortage of nuclear medicine scans in hospitals and medical centres.
An increased number of Australians are attending General Practitioner (GP) appointments without reaching into their pockets, with GP bulk billing rates under Medicare hitting a record high of 86.2 per cent for the full year of 2018-19.
Read the transcript of Minister Hunt's address to the National Press Club. Minister Hunt talks about Australia's Long Term National Health Plan and the Australian Government's vision for a physically and mentally healthier community.
Read the transcript of Minister Hunt’s and AMA Federal President Dr Tony Bartone's Canberra doorstop. They talk about a new Informed Financial Consent Guide to promote transparent fees.
New Medicare data shows nearly nine out of 10 Australians visit their GPs without paying a cent with GP bulk billing rates at a record 86 per cent in the nine months from July 2018 to March 2019.
Read the transcript of Minister Hunt’s interview on ABC's 7.30 Report, talking about Australia's health system, dental care, Medicare, private health insurance, and tackling out-of-pocket costs.
The Australian Government is providing $187 million to increase patient rebates for 176 General Practitioners (GP) service items on the Medicare Benefit Schedule (MBS). These services include health assessments, chronic disease management plans, and mental health services provided by GPs.
The Australian Government is providing $5 million for ground-breaking research into the early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of eating disorders.
The Liberal National Government is providing $70.2 million to establish six residential eating disorders centres and provide national coordination for eating disorders treatment.
The Liberal National Government is investing a record $104 billion in 2019–20, up from $75 billion in 2012–13, as part of a comprehensive, patient-focused investment of $435 billion over the next four years.
The Liberal National Government will invest $32.6 million so breast cancer patients have life-saving scans covered under Medicare, saving patients up to $1,500 per scan.
Transcript of Minister for Health, Greg Hunt's doorstop in Melbourne regarding $200 million to reduce out-of-pocket costs for X-rays and ultrasound services and nine new MRI licences for Victoria.
The Australian Government will help reduce the out of pocket medical expenses for Australian families needing life-saving scans like ultrasounds and X-rays with an almost $200 million investment.
As an emergency response, the Australian Government is providing greater access to GP services for Australians living in flood-affected communities throughout Queensland.
Transcript of Minister for Health, Greg Hunt's Doorstop in Melbourne regarding $200 million for cancer medicines on the PBS and the new dedicated Medicare item for heart health checks.
Transcript of Minister for Health, Greg Hunt's interview on Today with Allison Langdon regarding the $200 million to list new cancer treatments on the PBS and the creation of a Medicare item for heart health checks from April 1.
The Liberal National Government will make a medicine for the treatment of seizures associated with tuberous sclerosis more affordable, saving patients $17,000 a year.
The Liberal National Government has made major investments in health with an additional one billion dollars for primary care and aged care in 2018–19 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO).