Federal Election 2016: Health policies snapshot

Before casting your vote on Saturday, we encourage you to consider some key issues around health funding and service provision: 

  • The future of Medicare
  • Closing the gap for Indigenous Australians
  • Funding for hospitals
  • Funding for primary care
  • Services for Australians in rural and remote Australia
  • Support for a strong and sustainable health workforce
  • Access to affordable medicines

The major parties have each released their health policy statements:

A number of independent organisations have released some useful tools to assist Australian health consumers to analyse these policies.

The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) is the independent peak membership body and advocate for the Australian healthcare system and a national voice for universally accessible, high quality healthcare in Australia.  AHHA Election Health Policy Scorecard provides a detailed analysis of publicly announced health policies made up to 20 June 2016 and information provided to AHHA by the Australian Labor Party and the Australian Greens, to develop a scorecard of the major national parties’ health policies. The analysis has been conducted by AHHA and a broad cross-section of invited health professionals.

Consumer Health Forum’s election platform Changing Course: Putting Consumers at the Centre of Health Care provides a clear vision for consumer directed care and effective health reform.

National Rural Health Alliance has created a number of fact sheets and infographics to illustrate health policy issues for the 7 million Australians who do not live in a city or town. 

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