Croakey moderator and health policy analyst Jennifer Doggett attended the Federal Budget lock-up in Canberra this afternoon, and will be writing analyses in coming days. She is also compiling a post of health-related reaction to the Budget.
In the meantime, here is a selection of reaction and commentary from Twitter – thanks to all of you whose engagement had #HealthBudget16 trending.
Many noted the lack of commitment to climate action, Indigenous health and foreign aid.
An extension of the freeze on GP rebates suggests the Government will face an angry medical lobby in the election campaign.
It was yet another disappointing budget for public health and prevention generally – although, on the positive side, the increase in tobacco excise is predicted to prevent tens of thousands of cancer deaths.
(Read more on the disappearance of population health and the shrinking responsibilities of the Federal Health Department.)
Concerns were raised about the Budget’s likely impacts on the social determinants of health.
Other issues covered on Twitter:
(Read more on this here).
In conclusion, it seems that #HealthBudget16 may have been trending for all the wrong reasons – because of disappointment rather than excitement.