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Clear aged care needs more money: Albanese

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese says it is clear that additional spending is required in the aged care sector after the number of deaths in homes during the coronavirus pandemic.

And he didn't rule out an increase in the Medicare levy to pay for this when asked on ABC's Insiders program on Sunday.

"We'll examine the royal commission when it comes out with regard to structural change that's required," Mr Albanese said.

"But I make this point ... Labor oversaw the creation of Medicare to deal with our health system as a whole."

He said it also pioneered the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

"Labor has a fine record, a proud record, of delivering major reform. It's very clear that the aged care sector is, in the words of the royal commission, 'subject to neglect at the moment'," he said.

Labor is expected to resume its attack on the Morrison government over its handling of the aged crisis when parliament sits this week for the final time before the October 6 budget.

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