AGE CARE & HEALTH – WHAT TO EXPECTED IN THE BUDGET
* More reforms to home care packages for older Australians, after coalition foreshadowed further changes in response to recommendations of two major reviews.
* More than 100,000 people were waiting for a home care package as of December. Advocates want more level 3 and level 4 packages.
* A new national independent aged care quality and safety commission will start from January to act as one-stop shop for complaints.
* Health Minister Greg Hunt has pointed to record funding for Medicare in this budget.
* Funding for subsidised 3D breast cancer screenings from November for more than 200,000 women.
* Tens of thousands of men will get Medicare-funded MRI scans for prostate cancer checks.
* Support for dialysis in remote areas and new listing for a spinal surgery.
* Money for new medicine listings on the PBS, including for the treatment of Spinal Muscular Atrophy
* Whooping cough vaccine to be made available to all pregnant women
* More than $80 million has been pledged for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
* Government has already said it’s not going ahead with a 0.5 per cent hike in the Medicare levy to help pay for the national disability insurance scheme.