The Greens believe that everyone has the right to timely, quality health care.
Our priority is to keep people healthy and out of hospital, and care for women and children's health and wellbeing.
Investment in hospitals where it's needed most
Victoria has a universal health system that, in many ways, is the envy of the world. However, our hospitals are under pressure.
With 2,100 extra people coming to live in Victoria each week, we have growing elective surgery wait lists, and overflowing emergency departments.
We urgently need to increase investment to keep up with demand and to prioritise funding to underserviced areas.
The Greens will ensure hospital investment is transparent and based on greatest need. We will take the politics out of funding decisions.
Keeping people healthy and out of hospital
Preventable diabetes, heart disease, mental illness and respiratory illness are now the leading causes of disability and death, and create a huge economic burden on the Victorian health care system.
We know prevention is better than cure, yet the government’s health funding priorities do not reflect this. Successive governments have spent less than 1 percent of the health budget on promoting good health through preventative measures. It’s not good enough and we will not stand for it from the current Labor government.
By keeping people healthy and better managing chronic disease, we can reduce the pressure on our hospitals and improve people's quality of life.
Our MPs will push for investment in better prevention and programs to help people manage and recover from a range of diseases, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease, hepatitis, HIV, and cancer.