Members Health says it welcomes the Albanese Government's 2023-24 Budget commitment to tripling bulk-billing incentives for the most common consultations with children under 16, pensioners and other concession cardholders.
Members Health represents private health funds that are not-for-profit or part of a member-owned group, regional or community-based.
“This much-needed investment will help to stop the decline in bulk billing and improve access to vital primary care for some of Australia’s most vulnerable. We commend the Government for recognising the importance of primary care in maintaining population health and investing in Medicare to ensure it remains strong and sustainable," said CEO Matthew Koce.
“We also applaud the Government’s strong commitment to Australia’s mixed public-private healthcare system, as evidenced by the ongoing support for the private health insurance rebate. As not-for-profit, member-owned health funds, we are proud to provide our members with access to affordable and high-quality healthcare,” he said.
Mr Koce said Members Health also welcomed the Budget's investment in digital health initiatives, including enhancements to My Health Record.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of digital health in providing safe and effective healthcare,” said Mr Koce.
“We welcome the Government’s investment in improving digital health initiatives, which will help to ensure that all Australians have access to high-quality more convenient healthcare services.”