All health services must be accessible to all consumers. Those consumers who are forced to travel long distances for health care must be adequately catered for. There should be more community participation in health and community service. There is a need for adequate representation at local and regional health services. CPSA opposes a two-tier system of health care and the privatisation of health services.

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Budget 2017: Palliative care

The Government will provide $8.3 million over three years from 2017-18 to provide palliative care services for people who would prefer to be cared for in their homes rather than in a hospital or hospice setting.

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Budget 2017: Hearing aids

The Budget contains a curious revenue measure: "Following consideration of the future ownership of Australian Hearing Services, the Government has decided to retain full ownership and control of the entity."

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Budget 2017: Breast screening for women 70 to 74

The Budget provides an additional $64.3 million over four years from 2017-18 to continue access to the BreastScreen Australia program for women from 70 to 74 years of age.

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Budget 2017: Bulkbilling is back, sort of

The Budget calls it the "phased re-introduction of indexation for certain items on the Medicare Benefits Schedule".

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Finally! Hospital parking fee relief

THE NSW Health Minister has announced plans to overhaul parking fees at public hospitals across the state. The move will simplify and expand the concessional car parking fees, meaning that more people will have access to discounted fees, with some patients set to save over $200 per week.

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