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The Government has today delivered a bittersweet pill to those requiring healthcare.
Prescription charges will go from $3 to $5 next year for up to 20 scripts per family, then they'll be provided free.
It'll save around $20 million in the first year, and $40 million a year after that.
The money saved will go back into the health system.
Just over $100 million will go into surgery and cancer services.
The Budget next week will see $48 million going into elective surgery, boosting operations by at least 4,000 a year.
It'll also see $33 million spent on cancer services over the next four years aimed at ensuring faster treatment.