Labor promises new items, higher rebates for cancer care

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is promising to deliver the biggest investment in Medicare in 20 years
Geir O'Rourke
Bill Shorten
Bill Shorten.

An elected Labor government would pump an extra $2.3 billion into cancer care, virtually eliminating out-of-pocket costs for scans and many specialist consultations.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has used his budget reply speech to promise a dramatic expansion in funding for cancer services, in what he claims would be the biggest investment in Medicare in a generation.