After 9 long years of cuts and neglect, the Albanese Government is making Medicare stronger for all Australians, delivering critical funding for the urgent needs of today, and reforms for the healthcare of tomorrow.
Our historic investments in Medicare will triple the bulk billing incentive, in the largest increase to the incentive in the 40-year history of Medicare.
We’re delivering cheaper medicines for 6 million Australians, halving the costs of medicines and halving the number of visits to the doctor and the pharmacy.
We’re making it easier for Australians to get the care they need, by growing the health workforce and supporting all our trusted health workers to do what they’re trained to do.
Overall Australian Government spending on health, aged care and sport in 2023-24 is $137.6 billion.
The Australian Government has committed $101.0 billion in health, $36.0 billion in aged care and $563.1 million in sport, bringing the total four year commitment to $580 billion.
This includes investments to build a stronger Medicare ($5.7b), health prevention and protection ($1.1b), tackling smoking and vaping ($737.0m), mental health and suicide prevention ($586.9m), and First Nations health ($818.5m).
This Budget strikes the right balance between spending and savings, between much-needed reform and fiscal responsibility.
Our investment will grow a skilled, diverse, motivated, well-distributed and sustainable primary health care workforce – making it easier for all Australians to get affordable care when and where they need it.
The 2023–24 Budget funds strong actions to reduce smoking and vaping rates, particularly among young Australians.
This Budget also provides funding to: