A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will make sure more world-leading specialists in Mildura can give local patients the high quality care they need, closer to home.

The Labor Government has turned small rural health services and major regional hospitals into flagship facilities doctors, nurses and patients can count on, with the single biggest fund ever dedicated to regional health infrastructure in Victorian history. But there’s more to do.

That’s why Labor will put more world-leading specialists in the regions, paving the way for 500,000 more specialist appointments in regional and rural Victoria over the next four years. In Mildura, that will mean 7,600 more local specialist appointments over four years.

We will also establish an easy-to-access registry for GPs, with up-to-date information about individual hospital wait lists, so that country patients can be seen faster – and closer to home.

Right now, many regional patients are required to travel to Melbourne for treatment and appointments, or face big out-of-pocket costs for a local private appointment.

With private specialist appointments costing between $175 and $565, this investment has the potential to save Victorian patients thousands of dollars. It will mean regional patients won’t be spending hours away from loved ones to access specialist care.

Victorians deserve world-class care no matter where they live, but under the Liberal Nationals, regional and rural patients were too often forced to hit the road and travel to Melbourne for treatment and appointments they can’t avoid – or pay big out-of-pocket costs for private appointments they can’t afford.

The Liberal Nationals are already giving up on rural and regional patients, telling them to travel long distances because they’ll no longer be able to get their specialist care close to home.

We’ve fixed the Liberal Nationals’ mess and only Labor will make sure patients get world-class care no matter where they live – but there’s more to do and only Labor will get it done.

Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“So many of my dad’s final days were spent away from home just to get the care he needed. He’s not alone in that, with thousands of regional patients forced to face the same heartache.”

“That needs to change – and under Labor it will. Patients shouldn’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on private appointments or hours in the car away from loved ones.”

Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp

“We know how important good health care is in Mildura and only Labor will deliver world-leading care for patients in our region.”

Quote attributable to Labor Candidate for Mildura Tony Alessi

“Only Labor will make sure patients living in Mildura get the specialist appointment they want when they need it.”

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