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Commonwealth Budget 2014-15: VHA Response

Posted 14 May 2014

Commonwealth Treasurer Joe Hockey's first budget delivers more than $8.5 billion in cuts to the health system over the forward estimates, including:

- cuts of more than $1 billion to national health reform funding until 2016-17, and removal of the Commonwealth's committment to link funding to efficient growth from 2017-18 onwards. This will see the states and territories lose up to $50 billion by 2024-25
- cancellation of a number of national partnership agreements covering surgery, preventive health and oral health
- implementation of a $7 co-payment for GP services and proposed co-payments for non-emergency presentations in hospital emergency departments
- an end to Medicare Locals funding from 1 July 2015, when they will be replaced by by Primary Health Networks.

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