The Federal Government’s 2023-24 Budget for health, aged care and disability is welcomed due to its funding of the review and improvements to:
- Medicare (including providing incentives for bulk billing to eligible persons);
- strengthening the health and aged care workforce;
- increasing the role of qualified nurse practitioners;
- assisting with the funding of wage rises for the aged care sector and scholarships for the education of the aged care workforce;
- improving health systems through the use of technology, including the MyHealth Record, and introducing the MyMedicare system to strengthen the relationship between doctors and their patients and produce better continuity of care. In time, MyMedicare will also be extended to nurse practitioners and other primary care providers. MyMedicare will make it easier for GPs to provide telehealth consultations ($5.9 million); and
- preventative measures including dealing with vaping and e-cigarettes.
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Alison Choy Flannigan
Partner, Co-Lead Health & Community
Hall & Wilcox