In 2013 the Federal Government cut the health budget – to the tune of $655 million by 2019 in South Australia alone.
The Federal Government cancelled its agreement with all Australian states and territories on how hospitals would be funded over the next decade.
This means that by 2025, over $4 billion will be cut from South Australian hospital funding.
In the 2014 and 2015 Federal Budgets cut over $1.3 billion from preventative health programs.
In 2016, Federal Government revenue raising will also see the cost of prescriptions rise by $5 per script.
These government cuts have left a gaping hole in South Australia’s health system.
These cuts undermine the principles of fair and equitable access.
How will this affect you?
35% of all Australians suffer from a highly preventable chronic condition and chronic diseases also contribute to 90% of all Australian deaths.
In the last two Federal Budgets have seen cuts over $1.3 billion from preventative health programs.
It’s not just preventative health where you will see the impacts.
These cuts will hurt those who can least afford it.
Already more than 1 in 5 Australians don’t visit a doctor or skip prescriptions or further consultations because of the cost, and 18.2% of Australia’s health bill is already covered by your out-of-pocket payments.
Not only this, but the $50 billion torn from our health care system in last year’s budget is the equivalent of sacking 1 in 5 nurses and shutting 1 in 13 hospital beds.
“If You Don’t Care, We Can’t Care.”
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