Ley revives Medical Research Future Fund

The announcement on Tuesday marks the revival of the fund policy. Its future was in doubt after the co-payment package that was to pay for it was scrapped.

That co-payment link saw the fund dogged by claims it was a “budget sweetener”, but Research Australia head Elizabeth Foley told Medical Observer that while “in a few people’s minds it was tainted”, the new announcement meant it was “a very genuine offer in the first place”.

Speaking on Sky News, Ms Ley declined to say how much the MBS review expected to save.

“I’ve asked clinicians to