With a Federal election set for May, the April 2 Budget was
dominated by tax cuts, transport and electricity.
However, there were 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 diabetes.
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
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 ad cancer services the
Government will start to make out-of-pocket costs for specialists
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
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