Liberal Senator Gary Humphries is drawing our attention to the low level of health funding for Canberra under the Medicare Locals system:
The Medicare Locals system will see $493 million go to coordinating primary healthcare delivery across Australia but only 0.85% of that amount will find its way into the capital’s healthcare system.
“About 1.5% of Australians live in Canberra, and many more use Canberra as a regional health delivery centre.
“Canberrans are already dealing with some of the longest hospital waiting times, and some of the most expensive healthcare in the country, and the best that Labor can do is throw less than 1% of a national funding initiative at the problem”, Senator Humphries said today.
“The correspondence I have received back from the federal health department proves just how little the Labor Government knows and cares about Canberra.
“The amount of Federal funding the ACT will get is nowhere near enough and will do very little to relieve the burden on our struggling healthcare sector. Unfortunately it will also do very little to see that the people who need good and timely health care, get it.”
Further information acquired by Senator Humphries shows that none of the three federal Labor representatives ever approached the Health Minister to discuss the grants or petition for any allocation.