Australia’s military will be the first service in the world to receive a sms healthcare service, with a new $1 billion contract announced on Tuesday.
Key points:The army’s first medical service will include nurses and doctorsThe $1.5 billion deal for sms has been announced on the eve of the Commonwealth GamesThe Army is a key player in the global military-industrial complexThe move comes after the coronavirus pandemic has led to a massive drop in health spendingThe deal was signed during a ceremony at Canberra’s airport.
A new health service will be established to help soldiers and soldiers’ families cope with the impact of the pandemic, with the Army providing the most basic healthcare.
It will provide a basic, primary and specialty service to soldiers and their families, including hospital and prescription medicines, and dental care.
Army medics will be able to see and communicate with patients.
The new service will come in line with the Government’s long-term goal of reducing health spending by at least $2.4 billion over the next 10 years, the Army said in a statement.
It said the aim was to provide a new and improved healthcare service to the army and the wider Australian Defence Force (ADF).
“The new Army Health Service will deliver on our Government’s commitment to invest $1bn in new equipment, training and new services over the coming 12 months, as well as to provide the military with a comprehensive and efficient medical and dental system that meets their health needs,” the statement said.
“We believe this new service is the right way to meet this commitment.”
The first SMHealth service will take place at the end of this year, with more to follow.
The Australian Defence force is Australia’s largest military service.
In May, the Government announced a $1-billion contract to build a $100 million SMHealth centre in Brisbane to help combat the coronivirus pandemics.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced a similar plan to build the new Army Medical Facility at the base of Mount Lofty, where she is attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
The new centre will provide doctors and nurses with access to high-quality, high-speed tests, diagnosis and treatment, as part of a three-year plan to provide health care to soldiers in Afghanistan.
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