Start repairing our health system.
Tasmania's public health system is being held together by sticky tape. It wasn’t always like this.
It can be better. We need a government that puts people first and gets its priorities right.
Fixing it is a big job, but we have to start somewhere.
Labor has a plan to get the ball rolling on repairing Tasmania's health system.
A Rebecca White Labor Government will make it a priority to ensure our local health system doesn’t continue to fall behind the rest of Australia. We're ready to roll up our sleeves and get started.
Expand services at 18 regional and rural hospitals.
Tasmanians should be able to access healthcare in their local community.
Labor will establish a dedicated fund for upgrading regional hospital infrastructure, giving local communities the resources to invest in things like X-Ray, ultrasound or ECG machines, diagnostic equipment, extra beds, new rooms and more.
We'll expand local services to include 24/7 emergency care, rehabilitation and more.
And we will broaden services to prevent unnecessary trips to emergency departments.
Stop the GP tax
Labor will take urgent action on the cost of living by stopping patients paying more for GPs through committing to no GP payroll tax under a Labor Government.
Under the Liberals, Tasmania has been one of the only states that have failed to assure GPs they will not be subject to this tax. That’s why the RACGP and the AMA have supported Labor’s plan.
Labor’s commitment to no GP tax will:
- Ensure GPs do not have to pass on a $15-20 increase for consultations.
- Prevent more general practice closures.
- Prevent a further decline in bulk billing in Tasmania.
- Mean less pressure on emergency departments.
Labor’s plan to improve healthcare in Tasmania starts with supporting our doctors.
Free degrees for local doctors, nurses and health workers.
Tasmania needs more nurses, paramedics, doctors and allied health workers. They are the backbone of our public health system.
Labor has a plan to attract and train 150 new health workers by offering free university degrees.
And we'll make sure those extra workers stay right here in Tasmania by requiring a commitment to work in a local hospital for at least 3 years.
Upgrade 6 local ambulance stations to operate 24/7.
Where you live shouldn’t determine whether you live or die in an emergency.
Labor will upgrade ambulance stations in six regional centres, to operate 24/7 with staffing by permanent paramedics.
Upgraded stations will be Smithton, Queenstown, Nubeena, Bridport, Swansea and Oatlands.
Labor has a plan for Tasmania.