With a Federal election looming, the Budget is dominated by tax
cuts, transport and electricity.
However, there are a number of health measures that are relevant
to people living with diabetes.
Some of these have already been announced, such as the expansion
of the Continuous Glucose
Monitoring scheme and the research fund into type 1
Under the Strengthening Primary Care package, people
over the age of 70 can voluntarily enter into agreements with their
specific GP which will allow the provision of remote care for
consultations, referrals, scripts and test results. The clinic will
receive a lump sum payment for their care over a period of time,
rather than a fee per visit. This is targeting people with diabetes, with the aim
of increasing timely care and convenience. This initiative has been
funded to $448.5 million.
There will be a new Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) item
introduced for heart health checks.
The indexation freeze on the Medicare Benefits Schedule will
lift on GP services from 1 July, 2019, with X-ray and ultrasound
services to follow in July 2020.
Starting with gynaecology, obstetrics and cancer services the
Government will start to make out-of-pocket costs for specialists
publicly available. While there is no timeline on the rollout of
this program to other specialists, it will help to increase
transparency of comparative specialist costs, especially with
private health insurance.
Under Aged Care, 10,000 new home care packages have been
announced, with an additional $84 million for carer respite.
The Royal Commission into mistreatment of people with a
disability has been included in this Budget with a half a billion