MEDIA RELEASE - NEW MEDICARE URGENT CARE CLINIC TO TAKE PRESSURE OFF FRANKSTON HOSPITAL - 27 APRIL 2022

MEDIA RELEASE - NEW MEDICARE URGENT CARE CLINIC TO TAKE PRESSURE OFF FRANKSTON HOSPITAL - 27 APRIL 2022 Main Image

MARK BUTLER MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR HEALTH AND AGEING

MEMBER FOR HINDMARSH

 
PETA MURPHY MP

MEMBER FOR DUNKLEY

NEW MEDICARE URGENT CARE CLINIC TO TAKE PRESSURE OFF FRANKSTON HOSPITAL

 

Under Labor, families in Dunkley will get the bulk billed urgent medical care they need, without having to wait for hours at over-burdened hospital emergency departments. 

An Albanese Labor Government will fund Medicare Urgent Care Clinics to be based at GP surgeries and Community Health Centres in at least 50 locations across Australia, including in Dunkley.

Only Peta Murphy and Labor have a plan to expand GP emergency care access in Dunkley by delivering a Medicare Urgent Care Clinic in the area around Frankston Hospital. 

Families are already struggling to access emergency care and rising out-of-pocket costs to see a GP are contributing to pressures on household budgets. 

Medicare Urgent Care Clinics will ease the burden on hospital emergency departments by providing an alternative option for families needing urgent care from a doctor or nurse. They will treat sprains and broken bones, cuts, wounds, insect bites, minor ear and eye problems and minor burns. 

Care will be bulk billed, meaning families won’t be out-of-pocket for having a loved one attended to, just like if they’d gone to a public hospital.

Medicare Urgent Care Clinics will be open seven days a week from at least 8am to 10pm – covering the times when most non-life-threatening injuries occur. 

They will relieve pressure on hospitals, and free up dedicated nurses and doctors at hospital emergency departments, so they can focus on providing care for serious and life-threating presentations. 

Each Medicare Urgent Care Clinic will differ in size and structure, and the clinic in Dunkley will be tailored to meet the needs of the local community.

Medicare Urgent Care Clinics will be located across Australia – in every state and territory.

Labor will invest over $135 million across four years to establish a trial of 50 Medicare Urgent Care Clinics.

 

Quotes attributable to Mark Butler, Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing:

“Medicare Urgent Care Clinics are a practical, tangible example of Labor’s commitment to strengthen Medicare and make it easier for families to access care.

“Medicare is the bedrock of our health system and by using it to help take the pressure off hospital emergency departments we can make the whole system stronger.” 

 

Quotes attributable to Peta Murphy, Member for Dunkley:

“The pressure on Frankston Hospital’s Emergency Department has been increasing under the Morrison Government, this local Medicare Urgent Care Clinic will take pressure off our hospital and reduce patient wait times”

“Our local community deserves access to urgent and affordable health care when we need it most.”

 

WEDNESDAY, 27 APRIL 2022

MEDIA CONTACT: LABOR CAMPAIGN MEDIA (02) 9165 8212

Authorised by Paul Erickson, ALP, Canberra.