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$600 million package to further boost veterans' health care.

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20 September 2006 $600 MILLION PACKAGE TO FURTHER BOOST VETERANS’ HEALTH CARE The Nationals Member for Riverina, Kay Hull, today said veterans in the Riverina holding a Gold or White card will benefit from a $600 million funding boost from the Australian Government to ensure their continued access to free high quality health care. Mrs Hull said the package acknowledges the high level of health care provided by specialists, general practitioners, allied health care providers, dentists, optometrists and pathologists. “The Government wants to ensure that Gold and White card holders enjoy peace of mind, knowing that if they require treatment, they will be looked after by the health care professionals they know and trust,” Mrs Hull said. “This commitment worth more than $600 million over the next five years is an example of the Government listening to the concerns of veterans and recognises that Gold and White card holders often have more complex health care needs.” Mrs Hull said the new package complements the Government’s earlier announcement of more than $3 billion over the next four years to expand veterans’ access to private hospital services. “Veterans requiring hospitalisation can now access a full range of treatment services from large metropolitan surgical hospitals, regional facilities and small local hospitals close to family and home,” Mrs Hull said. (End) For further information contact Rosie Ellis on 02 6921 4600 or 0428 214 600.