Concern over control of medical research fund

Legislation establishing the Medical Research Future Fund has passed the Senate, with most financial backing to come from hospital funds in the wake of the abandoned GP co-payment.

The fund will initially receive $1 billion from the uncommitted balance of the Health and Hospitals Fund, while future contributions will come from 2014/15 budget cuts to the health portfolio until the balance reaches $20 billion.

Following the Medical Research Future Fund Bill's successful passage through the Senate on Wednesday, Federal Health