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Latham Labor investing in the Redcliffe Public Hospital.

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Julia Gillard MP Shadow Minister for Health

Julia Gillard

Gavin Brady

Media Statement 3rd September 2004

Latham Labor investing in the Redcliffe Public Hospital ED

A Latham Labor Government will commit $2.4 million over four years to the Emergency Department of the Redcliffe Public Hospital. This money will be used to increase access to GP services and relieve pressure on the Redcliffe Public Hospital Emergency Department. Redcliffe Hospital has been chosen because of the strong representation of Gavin Brady, Labor's candidate for Petrie and consultations with the Queensland Government. This cooperation shows the benefits of Working Together for Medicare — a Labor partnership agreement with the States and Territories. Sixty per cent of all patients presenting to the Redcliffe Emergency Department are at triage level four and five - that is, conditions that could be predominately treated effectively by a GP. This pressure on the ED has arisen because bulk billing rates in Petrie have plummeted almost 35 per cent in the last three years, to a low of 57 per cent in September 2003. "Local people have been telling me that it's getting harder and harder to find a Doctor that will bulk bill them. Going to the Doctor is now a financial decision, not a medical decision", said Gavin Brady.

"These resources build on our commitment to improve access to bulk billing GP services in Queensland", said Julia Gillard, Labor's Shadow Minister for Health. "This announcement is part of Labor's plan to save Medicare and restore bulk billing. Labor is providing $128 million in total over four years for better access to Medicare services and will relieve a big burden of worry from the community."