The Australian Government has introduced a cap programme to help protect the health and welfare of the Australian people.
The cap programme, known as the Apron Relief Program, is aimed at supporting those people who cannot afford to pay for treatment abroad.
It will help fund health and dental care for up to two years, in a manner similar to the Australian Health Service’s Cap Benefit Scheme.
The Government has also announced a further two-year funding package, worth $5.2 billion.
The Australian Medical Association says the cap program will help Australians with a variety of health conditions, including chronic health conditions and depression.
The program will allow Australians to access a range of care services, including the use of dental hygienists and mental health specialists, and other services such as medication and psychotherapy.
The government has also committed $5 million to the program, and it will run for three years.
The new program has been a controversial decision, and there are fears it will not protect Australia’s most vulnerable.
The APA’s executive director, Dr David Smith, says the program is designed to allow Australia’s health system to meet the demand for its services.
“The Apron program is about providing support to people who have been exposed to these very, very low-cost and very effective treatments, and to people that can afford it,” he says.
“And to those who are on lower incomes, the program will be a lifeline, because they can’t afford it, and they need support.”
Dr Smith says the APA supports the cap initiative because it allows the country to address “a serious health problem in Australia” by providing the most affordable health care.
But he warns that it will only help people who can afford the cost.
“We don’t want to see people who are vulnerable to this sort of situation fall into the trap of using the Apion program to avoid a problem they’re really ill-equipped to deal with,” he said.
“If the Australian health system is unable to provide these services to those people, it will make it even harder for them to live their lives.”
ABC News’ Michelle O’Donoghue reports.