This analysis looks at the health and related provisions in the Australian Government’s 2014-15 Budget. This is done in the light of current and past strategies, policies, programs and funding, and is supported, where possible, by data drawn from Medicare, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, reports and published papers.
This year’s analysis has been delayed, due in large part to the constantly changing political landscape as the Abbott Government struggles to sell its policies. This delay does mean that new information about federal health expenditures and the impact of the proposed changes can be included. However at the time of completion, the future for major policy initiatives such as co-payment changes remains uncertain.
The opinions expressed are those of the author who takes sole responsibility for them and for any inadvertent errors.