Labor has announced it will grant patients, general practitioners and physicians up to $50,000 to improve their practices under a $1 billion plan to “strengthen” Medicare.

Under the plan, the Albanese government will create a Medicare task force consisting of top medical bodies such as the Australian Medical Association (AMA) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) to map out the priority programs needed to improve access to the highest quality medical service.

A $750 million fund will also be created over four years to provide better care for patients in labor, citing “improved patient access” to GPs, including after-hours assistance, and better management of complex and chronic cases.

The fund will start from fiscal year 2023, with the cost of the package calculated in future estimates.

Workers will also receive grants of $25,000 for small clinics, and $50,000 for larger clinics, to help clinicians upgrade IT systems including telehealth, upgrade skills, purchase new equipment, upgrade ventilation and infection control and “make other improvements to ensure the ability to GPs on it. See more patients.”

The cost of the grant program is $220 million.

“General practice is the cornerstone of the Australian health system,” said Mr Albanese.

Australians trust their GPs. It is a vital relationship to ensure that all Australians receive the quality health care they deserve.”

The $970 million spending comes after Labor announced early in the campaign a $135 million plan to establish a trial of 50 urgent care clinics in every state and territory.

State governments, including in Victoria, Queensland and South Australia, have called on the federal government to increase its share of health funding from 45 per cent to 50 per cent – something Labor has not yet committed to.

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