Albanese pledges nearly $1 billion in new Medicare funding
| 14.05,22. 11:26 AM |
Albanese pledges nearly $1 billion
in new Medicare funding
Anthony Albanese announces Medicare funding from the Northern Territory . (9News)
Anthony Albanese has pledged nearly $1 billion in new Medicare funding if the Labor party wins the federal election.
The Labor leader, who is currently campaigning in the Northern Territory, said today's announcement is about strengthening universal healthcare.
The pledge includes $750 million over three years through a new Strengthening Medicare Fund, along with $220 million in grants of between $25,000 to $50,000 for GPs to train staff, supply new equipment, improve ventilation and upgrade telehealth services.
"We know is that GP practices are really struggling in many areas," Albanese said.
"In many areas, it is getting harder to see a doctor, not easier, and what we need to do is to make sure that people can get that care when they need it.
"We need to make sure that we value GP services and that we value our health sector."
A taskforce will also be established to identify the areas to strengthen Medicare.
"A taskforce will report by the end of this year to make sure that we get those priorities right and we deliver the change that patients and medical groups need," Mark Butler MP said.
'I'm looking forward to changing gears'
In addition to the funding announcements, leadership vows are being made.
Scott Morrison claimed he will change his 'bulldozer' approach to leadership just a week out from the federal election. However, when asked how he will specifically change, the Prime Minister reiterated what he has done for Australia over the past three years.
"What you have seen from me, especially over the last few years, is what Australians have needed," he said.
"I'm looking forward to changing gears of our government to secure those opportunities that I had of us, and that means being able to engage more with local communities."
In response, Albanese referenced Australia's 2019 bushfire crisis.
"This Prime Minister won't change, which is why we need to change the Government," he said.
Morrison was in Melbourne today announcing a $20 million program to expand a spot program for high school students.