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This is a news collection page about health covering the latest in research, scientific discoveries, diets, obesity, cancer, medical procedures, medicine, hospitals and government health guidelines. Australians spent $180.7 billion on health in 2016-17, which is more than $7,400 per person. With an ageing population, health and the costs surrounding it will continue to be a major concern of the public. In 2018, the abuse of the elderly in aged care homes has been a significant news story and one that has become a major talking point in government after distressing videos and images emerged. The Government’s 2018-2019 Budget Long Term National Health Plan sits at $99.1 billion and focuses on aged care, guaranteeing Medicare, and improving Indigenous health.