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Jenny Macklin - Liberals Have Not Done Enough On Health http://www.alp.org.au//media/1101/jmmsfund061101.html Wednesday, 07 November 2001

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Liberals Have Not Done Enough On Health Jenny Macklin - Shadow Minister for Health

Media Statement - 6 November 2001

Labor will invest an extra $1 billion dollars in Australia's health system which is nearly seven times more than John Howard has promised in new funding.

The Coalition has offered no new funding at all for public hospitals, dental health, nurses or Indigenous health. This follows John Howard's statement on 15th August that he had done enough on health and that any future budget surpluses will go towards tax cuts.

The electorate now has a clear choice.

If they vote for the Coalition candidates, they will see no improvement in health services, a continuing erosion of Medicare, a decline in bulk billing, more people waiting too long on hospital trolleys and a lengthening in the queues for elective surgery and dental care.

If they vote for Labor, they will get a Government committed to putting real funding into public hospitals, fixing the problems with After Hours GP care and tackling some of our major health issues such as cancer treatment, nurse shortages and dental health.

The promises of the two parties stand in stark contrast on the amount of real new funding being promised. Taking the same time period - up to June 2005, and deducting funds that are redirected or which represent old announcements built into the forward estimates, there is a total of $1,011 million from Labor and just $155 million from the Liberals.

New Health Spending: Labor Vs Coalition - 2001/2 To 2004/5

  Labor Coalition

Dental Health $100 million Nil

Nurses $52 million Nil

Hospitals $545 million Nil

New Health Spending: Labor Vs Coalition - 2001/2 To 2004/5

Labor Coalition

Dental Health $100 million Nil

Nurses $52 million Nil

Hospitals $545 million Nil

Aboriginal health $47 million Nil

Medicare $147 million $103 million

Cancer $120 million $52 million

TOTAL $1,011 million $155 million

"It is clear John Howard's only plan is for his own retirement," Ms Macklin said.