Federal leaders draw battle lines on health
With May 11 now being tipped as the likely date for the Federal election, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten are preparing to go head-to-head on the battleground of health.
Both leaders are in Victoria today, where pundits are predicting a wipe-out for the Liberal Party.
In a bid to turn things around, the Government will invest almost half a billion dollars to deliver world-leading cancer treatment for patients, along with other health initiatives.
Mr Morrison said $80 million would help create a new national cancer treatment centre at the Peter MacCallum centre, providing access to treatments involving T-Cell therapy, previously only offered overseas.
This investment will be life-changing for so many of our sickest Australians, including many children battling cancer,” the Prime Minister said.
The Government says the centre will also create more than 140 new manufacturing jobs and 15 medical research positions.
Meanwhile, Bill Shorten is also focusing on health today, promising to end the Medicare freeze early, making healthcare more affordable.
The Medicare rebate freeze was introduced under the Gillard government in 2013, and extended under the Coalition.
Now the Labor Leader says he'll scrap the freeze on Medicare rebates within 50 days of forming government, making it one of the first actions if they win power.
This means rebates for about one hundred services by GPs will go up in line with inflation, allowing for more money back in the pocket of medical practitioners, and then in turn, patients.
Two different policies, but both parties focusing on health.
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