Health Minister Greg Hunt says subsidies and price reductions for more than 1,400 medications came into effect from October 1.
Health Department secretary Martin Bowles has told the Government that he will leave the position on September 1.
Health Minister Greg Hunt says that GP bulk billing rates for the 2016-17 financial year increased to 85.7 per cent compared to 85.1 per cent in 2015-16.
Health Minister Greg Hunt says the Government will invest over $16 million to deliver the national roll-out of real-time prescription monitoring for medicines to directly address the needless loss of life from misuse of these drugs.
The Health Department says the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), is implementing new arrangements to simplify and improve the handling of complaints about the advertising of medicines and medical devices to the public.
The Productivity Commission has described the rollout schedule of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) as “highly ambitious” and warned that it is compromising the quality of care being offered.
The overwhelming public and media reaction to this week’s Budget has been one of surprise – and mostly, of relief. Headlines such as ‘reset” and ‘fresh start’ have predominated.
The Budget has been widely interpreted as a turning point for the Coalition and a Prime Minister bedevilled by consistently poor opinion polls.
Labor’s response to the Budget has maintained the theme of fairness, saying the Government’s revenue measures were simply aimed at improving the bottom line.
The Budget will raise $8.2 billion over the four year Forward Estimates by increasing the existing Medicare levy across all incomes.
Heads of health insurance companies have been told they could be summoned to appear before a Senate inquiry over the latest round of premium price rises.
The Australian Greens have lodged a motion in the Senate aimed at stopping the Government’s proposed restrictions on medicinal cannabis.
Victorian Senator Derryn Hinch is supporting calls for a Senate inquiry into mesh products for women suffering birth complications, that were approved for sale without scientific evidence of their safety.
Liberal Democrats Senator David Leyonhjelm (NSW) says that if Australia’s medical research community wants the politics to be removed from funding, they need to turn to private sources and stop being so greedy for taxpayers’ money.
The federal Government is investing $7.4 million over two years in dollar-matched, industry-led projects to boost competitiveness and productivity in the medical technology and pharmaceutical sectors.
The Government’s top policy adviser, the head of the Prime Minister’s Department Martin Parkinson, has identified the health and aged care sectors as the main areas the Government could target for sectoral reform.
Health Minister Sussan Ley says millions of consumers are now able to access more affordable medicines on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and can go online to check the savings they will make.
The Federal Government has introduced legislation to ensure security and law and order is maintained as the Coalition moves towards allowing for the cultivation of a safe, legal and reliable local supply of cannabis for medicinal products.
Cancer patients could potentially have access to some new medicines two years earlier than at present under changes to the regulation of medicines and medical devices announced by Health Minister Sussan Ley.
Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie has won Senate support for a motion to establish an independent inquiry and investigation into the performance of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA).
Greens spokesperson for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has called on the Government to act on the recommendations of the recent Senate inquiry initiated by the Greens into veterans’ mental health.
Good news for Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party ahead of the first sitting of the new Parliament.
A Labor government will target a 50 per cent reduction in suicides over the next 10 years, the ALP says in a policy statement.
A Labor government will reverse the Coalition’s cuts to bulk billing incentives for pathology and diagnostic imaging, the party says.
Health Minister Sussan Ley says a re-elected Coalition Government will improve the value for money Australians receive from their private health insurance and ensure they can easily shop around for a more-affordable deal.
Labor has announced that it will make a major boost to hospital funding if it wins the July 2 election.
At the halfway point on this eight-week campaign political static is overwhelming most significant policy – and political – debate.
The ALP says a Labor Government will give a three-part guarantee that will ensure Medicare is protected for future generations.
Greens leader Richard Di Natale wants to expand Medicare to provide better treatment for people with chronic conditions like diabetes.
ALP leader Bill Shorten says a Labor government after July 2 will make a major commitment to preventive health strategies for Indigenous Australians.