Doctors pitch federal budget remedies for health issues


* More than half of patients waiting for urgent care in emergency departments are not seen within a recommended 30-minute window

* One in three patients languish in emergency departments for more than four hours

* More than 70 per cent of private hospitals are breaking even or losing money

* General practice sector faces a shortage of 10,600 full-time roles within the next decade


* $1 billion commitment from the Australian government to create an independent national health workforce planning agency

* $4.12 billion in federal and state funding to address a backlog of hundreds of thousands of patients waiting on planned surgeries

* More money for general practice trainees

* Solutions for patients discharged from hospital with no safe place to go


Belad Al-karkhey
(Australian Associated Press)

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