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Thursday, 14 May 2015

Budget 2015: Doctors say health funding cuts could hit crucial services

Health groups say important services like drug and alcohol treatment and research could be axed as part of programs targeted for savings in the federal budget.

More than $960 million in savings was announced in a rationalisation of some health programs. Just under $600 million of that comes from the department's "flexible funds".

Australian Medical Association president Dr Brian Owler said important organisations funded through the grants needed to plan for their future and continue their important work.

"There is a lot of uncertainty as to whether those programs, those important organisations such as Palliative Care Australia, Alzheimers Australia, the Foundation for Alcohol Research Education and many other non-government organisations are going to continued to be funded," he said.

See more at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-13/doctors-say-health-funding-cuts-could-hit-crucial-services/6467392

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