- $5 MILLION FOR A GP SUPPORT GRANTS PROGRAM
ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja and ACT Shadow Health Minister announced today that if elected, a Canberra Liberals Government will commit $5 million to establish a General Practitioner (GP) Support Grants program. Mr Seselja said the program would help make GPs more accessible.
“This $5 million GP Support Grants Program would provide support for initiatives which provide support for GPs, such as incentives to re-enter clinical practice, attract new GPs to the ACT, assist young GPs to enter private practice and expand primary health services to older persons,” Mr Seselja said.
“ACT Labor’s mismanagement of the health system has led to Canberrans having to pay more and wait longer than any other state or territory and with a shortage of approximately 140 GPs.
“The loss of a local GP can mean a loss in continuity of care. This initiative will help alleviate this struggle and will give stability to patients, doctors and the community as a whole,” Mr Seselja concluded.
Mr Hanson said currently only around half of Canberra GPs bulk bill, in stark comparison to the national average of 81 per cent.
“This low bulk-billing rate makes it incredibly hard for low income families and the elderly to access affordable GP services,” Mr Hanson concluded.
“Providing more support for GPs will mean Canberrans get the medical treatment they need faster, and is an important part of our commitment to giving the community better local services.”