Health Response to Budget: from the office of The Hon. Sussan Ley MP

Budget puts patient outcomes at centre of health reform The Turnbull Government will increase its investment in health, aged care and sport to $89.5 billion in 2016–17, an increase of 4.1 per cent on 2015–16.

Our reforms are targeted to meet the growing needs and expectations of the modern consumer and are bold and broad, but also affordable, achievable and, most importantly, fair. We have a clear focus on integration, innovation and modernisation to deliver the 21st century health services Australians expect.

We will eliminate waste, inefficiency and duplication wherever we find it. The Turnbull Government will make sure every health dollar lands as close to the patient as possible. Our closely co‐ordinated reforms range from a Healthier Medicare and cheaper, faster access to medicines, through to patient‐focused hospital and dental funding agreements with the states and territories, as well as consumer‐ centred reforms of private health, aged care, mental health, digital health and medicinal cannabis.