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Kevin Rudd's health plan needs more work

In an effort to break the Senate deadlock on private health insurance legislation this year I moved an amendment to put an additional $145 million into mental health services - exactly the programs Australian of the Year Patrick McGorry says are needed if we are to tackle the biggest cause of death for under 45-year-olds.

It would have been a win-win outcome - a massive boost to mental health and potential circuit breaker that could have freed up $1.7 billion for public hospitals.

But the Government rejected the Greens' constructive pro-public health approach.

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Govt misses opportunity to boost mental health, but Greens decide to back Private Health Bills

Having previously opposed the Medicare Levy Surcharge, the Greens have now decided to support both it and the Private Health Insurance Rebate legislation.

The Greens will support the legislation which would see $1.9 billion directed to public hospitals, despite the Government rejecting a proposal that would have given a $145 million boost to early intervention mental health services.

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