Health professionals call for equal spending in regions

ALL that rural health professionals want is equity for people living outside the major cities, National Rural Health Alliance chairwoman Lesley Barclay said yesterday.

Ms Barclay joined more than 50 industry leaders across 34 different rural health organisations to launch the alliance's election charter in Canberra.

She said it remained an unfortunate fact that there was a $2 billion deficit across the nation when it came to rural health spending.

And despite rural health issues such as access to doctors affecting 30% of all Australians, most of those who live in the cities remain unaware of the challenges.

"What we are seeking is for rural health to be made a priority in the election. We want the policies to be re- balanced to create equity," Ms Barclay said.

"We're not seeking a massive change in how much is spent, but simply looking for an equitable spend; for rural health to be equal."



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