Medicare Cancer Plan


A Shorten Labor Government will deliver the biggest cancer care package in Australian history, with a $2.3 billion investment to dramatically slash out-of-pocket costs for cancer patients.


Labor’s Medicare Cancer Plan is the most important reform to Medicare since it was introduced by Bob Hawke.  It will mean millions of free scans, millions of free consultations and cheaper medicines for cancer patients.

Labor’s Medicare Cancer Plan includes:

  • $600 million towards eliminating all out-of-pocket costs for diagnostic imaging, with up to six million free cancer scans funded through Medicare;
  • $433 million to fund three million free consultations with oncologists and surgeons for cancer patients;
  • A guarantee that every drug recommended by independent experts will be listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, cutting out-of-pocket costs for cancer medications;
  • $500 million to slash waiting times for cancer patients in public hospitals;
  • $300 million for better cancer centres across Australia, designed to bring cancer treatment closer to patients’ homes and including $60 million for 13 radiation therapy facilities in regional and rural areas;
  • $200 million to protect bulk billing for pathology and keep life saving blood tests free for older Australians and Australians with cancer.

We will pay for it by making multinationals pay their fair share and closing tax loopholes used by the top end of town.

To find out more about Labor's Medicare Cancer Plan, view our fact sheet here.

To find out about our plan to invest in cancer research, click here.

To find out about our plan to provide greater support to cancer patients, click here.