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The Turnbull Government is committed to ensuring our health system continues to be one of the best in the world – where every Australian has access to the best doctors, nurses, hospitals and medicines.

That is why the 2018-19 Budget delivers record investment in Australia’s health system.

Key initiatives of this Budget include:

  • Investing in new lifesaving and life changing medicines, including Kisqali for breast cancer and Spinraza for Spinal Muscular Atrophy.
  • Delivering record investment in public hospitals through a fully-funded five-year agreement with the states and territories. From 2020-21 to 2024-25 this agreement will invest a record $130 billion in public hospital funding.
  • A new National Health and Medical Industry Growth Plan that will transform and save lives through world leading medical developments. This includes $500 million for the Genomics Health Futures Mission which will help Australians live longer and receive better treatment personalised to their medical needs.
  • Delivering a boost for mental health support, with a focus on suicide prevention, research and older Australians.

The Government is also guaranteeing Medicare and has legislated the Medicare Guarantee Fund announced last Budget.

These measures will secure the essential healthcare services Australians rely on such as Medicare, medicines, hospitals and mental health.