AS Medicare Local lies on the federal government's budget chopping block, the North West's services have been given a one-year guarantee.
Central and North West Queensland Medicare Local chairman Phil Barwick said he was expecting policy changes from the Abbott government in the coming budget but could confirm the CNWQML was assured of all funding in the coming financial year.
``We have worked hard to keep administrative costs low and to act as an efficient channel for Commonwealth funding into health programs in our region,'' he said.
``We directly deliver 94 per cent of our services to communities and channel our remaining funding directly into community-based health services, including general practices, private providers and Aboriginal Medical Services.
``Our focus on primary health care services for those who need it the most has a positive effect on hospital presentations.''
Mr Barwick said planning was under way to further tailor health and workforce programs to the region's needs and provide a foundation for new Australian government policy directions in primary health care.
The CNWQML is one of the largest Medicare Locals in Australia.