Further Public Hospital Funding On the Cards with New Health Reforms
Canberra, ACT, Australia (News4us.com) August 02, 2011
Long awaited national health reforms were finalised today as the Gillard Government along with all States and Territories signed off on a deal to overhaul hospital funding.
Australian hospitals have been awarded an an extra $19.8 billion in Federal funding starting in 2014 until 2019-20.
This new deal will see a combined total health investment of $175 billion over the next 19 to 20 years up until the year 2030.
Reducing Patient waiting lists and waste, while increasing accountability were all high priorities which affected the decision making process of these new national health reforms.
With the states losing their grip on the ailing public health system, it will lead to greater transparency and accountability.
Extra services are one of the major benefits predicted, a particular area that suffered under the old state controlled system.
- 2.9 million extra cases in our emergency departments
- 2 million additional in-patient services, such as major surgery or treatment for severe conditions such as kidney failure or a heart attack
- 19 million more outpatient consultations, such as minor surgery or physiotherapy.
This new deal finally puts an end to the negotiations held every five years by the States and Territories with the commonwealth concerning health funding.
Major points garnered through the new public health reforms include:
- 4 hour waiting times for emergency medical procedures
- Elective surgeries to hit a target of 100% within clinically recommended times
- Less wastage, with funding depending on delivery figures
- Controls at local levels greatly increased
- Major increases in expenditure for individual hospitals
In future, funding growth for hospital services will be an equal partnership between the States, Territories and the Commonwealth.
This latest deal is being touted as the biggest change to Australia’s public hospital funding since the introduction of Medibank.
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