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Another 100 days of Turnbull Government delivering on health; another 100 days of Labor delivering Mediscare lies



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Minister for Health and Aged Care Minister for Sport THE HON SUSSAN LEY MP

10 October, 2016

Media Statement

Another 100 days of Turnbull Government delivering on health; Another 100 days of Labor delivering Mediscare lies

Today marks another 100 days of record funding for Medicare under the Turnbull Government.

In contrast, today marks another 100 days of Mediscare lies from Bill Shorten.

The Turnbull Government will invest a record $23 billion into Medicare this year.

In contrast, today is just another reminder that Labor has never invested more in Medicare than the Turnbull Government.

We will increase Medicare funding by a further $4 billion over the next four years.

In contrast, today is just another reminder of the $6 billion worth of cuts Labor made to Medicare and Medicines in Government.

Our record Medicare funding has delivered 120 million bulk billed GP visits in the last year - 17 million more than Labor in their last full year in office.

In contrast, today is just another reminder that Labor has never delivered higher GP bulk billing rates than the Turnbull Government.

Today marks another 100 days of the Turnbull Government making medicines cheaper for millions of Australians.

This includes saving Australians up to $400 per year on their common everyday medicines and cancer patients over $50,000 on the cost of new breakthrough treatments they would otherwise never have been able to afford.

We have also seen over 5000 Australians already free of Hepatitis C during our first 100 days in Government thanks to the Turnbull Government’s $1 billion investment in listing new cures on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

We have also announced in our first 100 days landmark reforms to ensure new breakthrough medicines for cancer and other life-threatening diseases come to Australia up to two years faster.

In contrast, today is just another reminder that Labor made medicines unaffordable in Government when they blocked patients from accessing key treatments for asthma, mental health and chronic pain on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

Today marks another 100 days of action on mental health from the Turnbull Government, who has treated it as a key national priority for both our first and second terms.

In contrast, today is just another reminder that Labor ignored mental health in its first term and abandoned any real action in its second.

Today marks another 100 days of delivering on the Turnbull Government’s promise to deliver our Health Care Homes model - a better way of funding Medicare for Australians with chronic and complex illness.

In contrast, today is just another reminder for thousands of GPs and their patients that it’s been seven years since Labor ignored a priority recommendation from its own health reform review to implement the Health Care Home co- ordinated care model.

Today marks another 100 days of the Turnbull Government’s commitment to investing $95 billion into public hospitals over five years.

In contrast, today is just another reminder it’s been another 100 days since Bill Shorten and Labor broke their $57 billion hospitals promise and proved to Australians they lied about it ever being affordable or deliverable.

Today marks another 100 days rolling out our highly popular Sporting Schools program, which recently celebrated a successful first anniversary.

In contrast, today is just another reminder that Bill Shorten and Labor heartlessly refused to commit to continuing this important sports participation and preventative health scheme benefiting over a million school kids across the country.

The message today is therefore clear.

The Turnbull Government’s first 100 days demonstrate that we have hit the ground running in delivering on our commitment to ensuring Australians have affordable access to universal health care.

In contrast, Labor’s only approach to health is pretending their Mediscare lies amount to positive policies.

Australians have not forgotten Bill Shorten's Mediscare lies and his credibility is now terminally damaged.

ENDS

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