In a big win for millions of Australians, Australia News Corp has secured the support of both sides of politics for an essential step in giving the most of Australia's largest slaughterhog disease.
The First Minister, Scott Morrison and Opposition Bill Shorten, have promised to provide Medicare-funded heart health checks that could save thousands of lives and billions of dollars after News Corp Australia and the Institute of Heart launched the #ShowSomeTicker campaign to prevent heart disease, which kills 51 people a day.
Mr Morrison will announce today that Australians who are at risk of heart disease from April 1 will qualify for a multi-point heart examination, which is estimated to prevent 76,500 heart attacks – 9100 are deadly – and saves $ 1.5 billion over the next five years.
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Medicare will provide a refund of $ 72.80 for the half hour service, where a GP will check the blood pressure of a patient, cholesterol, lifestyle factors, smoking status and family history, then estimate their risk of having a heart attack in the next five years.
Medication could be given to those found to be at risk or helped to change their lifestyle to eat more and more exercise.
In addition, Morrison Morrison will provide $ 220 million of the Medical Research Future Fund for heart disease research and discover new treatments.
Mr Shorten's Labor Party noted our campaign as he promised to give priority to heart disease and provide the $ 170 million needed to fund the heart health check if he or she is winning a federal election this year.
"My father died from a heart attack, so I know the effect of this awful disease too well.
51 Australians will die from heart attacks every day – there are too many mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, sisters and brothers.
"If we want to change this picture, we need to invest in health checks – preventing heart attack before it's too late. That's why I'm very pleased that Labor will give Australians the opportunity who are at risk of having a heart health check. "
He added: "Australia is a global leader in heart surgery and heart research – for example Victor Chang, David Craddock, the Baker Foundation – and we are still a global leader in the prevention of heart disease.
"The Show Some Ticker & # 39; campaign has done incredible work shining light on the main cause of Australia's death and injury and Labor is proud to join the battle."
The bipartisan success, named by the Heart Foundation and also supported by the Green, comes as YouGov Galaxy Poll has found that almost all Australian adults have at least one unhealthy habit or risk factor for a seizure on the heart, but only one in six people who realize they are at risk.
Heart disease is the main cause of unanimous Australian death but unlike cancers there is no national screening program and last year's government committee had not approved a preventative check.
A week ago MASTHEAD joined the Heart Foundation to campaign for government funding for the Heart Health Check and another six steps to reduce the death of heart disease.
These are: promoting access to life-saving cardiac rehabilitation programs; updating doctors' guidelines for heart health checks; financing a 10-year strategy to end the rheumatic heart disease; create a women's and national heart disease campaign and one tobacco-focused one; and establish a national nutrition strategy.
The First Minister acknowledged the devastating nature of heart disease and said "too many Australians are losing their lives to heart disease every year"
"From April 1, we will provide additional and dedicated Medicare support for heart health checks for all Australia," he said.
"Our commitment to Australians is underpinned by the ability of our Government to run a strong economy and to make sure the budget is over. That's why we can support you through all the way and financing of essential health services that you need them and rely on Australia, "he said.
Health Minister Greg Hunt supported his leader, adding: "Our Government is deeply committed to tackling Australia's biggest slaughter disease".
The Government's additional research funding – the 10-year Cardiovascular Health Mission – will look at prevention strategies, earlier detection, hospital reduction, new drug therapies, clinical trials and personal medicine, which uses a patient's unique DNA to develop new therapies, discover new biomassers and understand individual risk of cardiovascular disease
Research will also look into why people who do not lead an unhealthy lifestyle or have a genetic cause have a heart attack. This includes young people.
Greens also support the concept of heart health checks.
"We support public funding from an integrated health check, a heart health check is an essential element," said Senator Richard Di Natale, leader of the Greens.
The Heart Foundation has welcomed the overwhelming political support.
"One week ago, the Heart Foundation launched a powerful campaign in partnership with News Corp to remind Australians that the main cause of death in this country is heart disease," said Professor John Kelly's Heart Foundation Chief Executive.
"Despite significant developments in recent decades, we still lose 51 everyday lives to heart disease – and we can not stand and let it continue. We have had an incredible response, with more than 135,000 Australians complete our Heart Age Calculator, and we now have bipartis support for a specific item number for MBS for Heart Health Checks.
"This is a wonderful result in such a short time, but this is the start, and we will continue to work tirelessly to protect hearts and save lives. The Heart Foundation celebrates its 60th anniversary old today; what great birthday is for us and the community of Australia. "
President of Royal Practitioners, Royal College of Australia, Dr Harry Nespolon, said the new Medicare funding for a heart health check was an essential step towards better preventative healthcare.
"The point is that Medicare supports very few activities that include prevention," he said.
"Much better money is spent to prevent people from becoming ill or wait until they become ill."