Days out from the federal election the state's peak health body says policy announcements made by the major parties once again leaves Tasmania short.
Australian Medical Association president professor John Burgess said while there were some welcome announcements from the Coalition and Labor, there were also some "glaring omissions".
"Promises continue to be made on issues like elective surgery, which are politically popular, but do nothing to help to invest in the long term staffing and infrastructure needed to have a sustainable health care system which can cope with the growing demand on our hospitals, evident with the pressures we see in our emergency departments," he said.
"It's particularly disappointing that, throughout this campaign, no party has committed to the next stages of the Royal Hobart Hospital redevelopment, Tasmania's only tertiary hospital.
"There remains an urgent need for the next federal government to commit significant partnership funds to help the Tasmanian state government undertake the much-needed hospital redevelopment based on the RHH masterplan."
The comments come with the release of the AMA's Rural Health Issues Survey 2019, which found that more staff and workable rosters were the most critical priority for improving rural health outcomes, as rated by rural doctors.
The AMA has called for immediate funding to improve infrastructure, and to support more doctors to build their lives and careers in rural areas.
Labor MHR Ross Hart said a $35 million committed by Labor would employ 100 doctors, nurses and allied health professionals.
"The AMA is correct, we need to have the money in the system and we need to make ensure the people are supported, particularly here in Launceston," he said.
"Preventative health and supporting primary health carers like our GPs is vitally important. A proper, holistic investment in preventative health, an investment in rural health is vital."
Liberal candidate for Bass Bridget Archer said she was working closely with the state government on health.
"Unlike Labor, which is sending $50 million to Hobart for Mona and $25 million for an AFL team in Hobart, we are focused on health here in the North," she said.
Professor Burgess said the AMA was hugely concerned that the state's acute care hospitals were bulging at the seams with growing demand and existing staff stretched to the limit working in "inadequate hospital facilities".
"Tasmanians deserve high quality, accessible public health services, and political parties must support long term strategies that focus on this outcome and not just short-term one-off funding boosts in some areas," he said.
"Our health care staff must be supported in delivering frontline care at a time when complications from chronic disease are on the rise, and our population is aging faster, increasing pressures on all parts of the health system."