COVID-19 has been a dirty word this election campaign — but health experts say its impact isn’t going away

Home Health COVID-19 has been a dirty word this election campaign — but health experts say its impact isn’t going away
COVID-19 has been a dirty word this election campaign — but health experts say its impact isn’t going away

In the shadow of a once-in-a-generation pandemic, you might have thought health would be one of the key issues dominating the campaign trail.

But you’d be wrong. 

This is despite a prediction that more than half a million Australians could be left with a debilitating illness because of COVID-19, that thousands of children are falling behind because of the pandemic and that Australia has a hospital workforce “in crisis”.

We’ve had announcements from Labor and the Coalition on reducing the price of medicines, some action on rural and regional health from the Coalition and a focus on primary care from Labor.

But what we haven’t heard is how the next government is going to tackle some of the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Neither party has released a detailed, standalone plan on how it will manage the pandemic in the future, including future vaccine supply, securing and distributing adequate antiviral medications and how to tackle emerging variants — which seem to be appearing every six months.

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