93% increase to New England hospital funding
12 Dec 2018
The Federal Liberal-National Government will improve the health and care of patients in the New England with a guaranteed $1.25 billion boost to health services.
Federal Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, said that this will provide more doctors, more nurses and more services in every state and territory.
Figures show a 93.8% increase in Commonwealth activity-based funding for the Hunter New England Local Hospital District, in five years to the 2017-18 reporting period.
“That’s equivalent to a $312 million-plus increase in funding for New England hospitals,” Mr Joyce said.
“This is the tangible benefit of strong economy and it’s why we are so committed to keeping our economy strong.
“The $1.25 billion Community Health and Hospitals Program will fund projects and services in every state and territory, supporting patient care while reducing pressure on community and hospital services.”
Under the program, our Government will partner with health and hospital services across the New England to provide additional funding in four key areas:
Specialist hospital services such as cancer treatment, rural health and hospital infrastructure; Drug and alcohol treatment; Preventive, primary and chronic disease management and Mental health.
Minister for Health Greg Hunt said the new program will complement the Coalition’s record investment in public hospitals.
“Our funding for public hospitals across Australia will more than double under the Coalition from $13.3 billion in 2012–13 to $28.7 billion in 2024–25.”
“This is record public hospital funding delivering more doctors, more nurses and more services.”
A strong economy enables the Liberal and Nationals’ Government to invest in even more doctors, nurses and public hospital services – benefiting patients across Australia.