$600m package to further boost veterans’ health care
Posted on Friday, 15 September 2006
Pearce veterans with a Gold or White card will be advantaged by a
$600 million funding boost from the Australian Government to ensure that they continue to benefit from access to free high quality health care, says Federal Member for Pearce Hon Judi Moylan MP.
Ms Moylan explained that this new package demonstrates the Government’s continued commitment to recognising the service and health needs of veterans and war widows.
“This package, worth more than $600 million over the next five years, secures veteran Gold and White Card holders continued access to free health care services,” she said.
“The Government has worked closely with health practitioners and ex-services representatives in the community to develop the package.
“This commitment is just one example of the Howard Government listening to veterans’ concerns and recognising that Gold and White Card holders often have more complex health care needs.
“This package acknowledges the high level of health care provided to Gold and White Card holders by General Practitioners, allied health care providers, dentists, optometrists, pathologists and other specialists.
“The Government would like to ensure that Gold and White Card holders enjoy peace of mind, knowing that if they require treatment they will be looked after by professionals they know and trust.
“This new package complements the Government’s earlier announcement of more than $3 billion over the next four years to expand veterans’ access to private hospital services.”
Through this scheme, veterans requiring hospitalisation can now access a full range of treatment services from large metropolitan surgical hospitals, regional facilities and small local hospitals close to home.