Coalition to back Royal Flying Doctors

THE Royal Flying Doctor Service has backed a Coalition pledge of $11 million to keep doctors flying in regional and remote areas.

Rural Health Minister and Nationals Senator Fiona Nash said the funds would extend dental outreach services to country people who might otherwise miss out.

RFDS chief Martin Laverty said the two-year funding would guarantee access to general emergency, aero medical services until 2020.

He called on Labor to match the promise.

The Flying Doctor wants an independent inquiry after the election to "recommend actions for improved health outcomes for remote and rural Australia".

Neither party has yet backed rural health groups' calls for a comprehensive plan for rural, regional and remote health, continuing a long-standing piecemeal approach to issues for residents outside major cities.