Posted September 25, 2018 12:03:46 The Government has set out a $300 million package to invest in healthcare services and health technology across the country.
But the new investment package will only cover three of the 12 sectors that were listed on the Federal Government’s most recent quarterly reports, with the rest likely to be announced in the next few months.
Key points:Health and social care sectors are to receive $300m eachThe package includes an extra $200m in funding for community hospitalsThe State Government says the package is aimed at creating a “healthy and prosperous society”It is unclear what the Government will do to ensure the sector is funded in futureThe package also includes an additional $200 million for community hospital investment and an additional additional $10 million for regional hospitals.
The package was announced in September after the State Government said it was “deeply disappointed” by the performance of Commonwealth health funding and the need for additional funding to support hospitals and community care.
“The Federal Government has delivered a good deal of work, but the Commonwealth Government has not delivered on the commitments made in the 2015-16 Budget,” State Treasurer Luke Donnellan said in a statement.
However, it remains unclear what type of additional funding will be provided for health services and healthcare technology, with some commentators suggesting the Government could not afford to fund the sector. “
The State will also be able to invest up to $200 billion in the regional hospitals fund over five years, as we have already committed in the 2017-18 budget.”
However, it remains unclear what type of additional funding will be provided for health services and healthcare technology, with some commentators suggesting the Government could not afford to fund the sector.
Professor of Health and Human Services, Professor David Farrar, from the University of New South Wales, said the funding package was “quite significant” and could potentially “save a lot of money”.
“The Commonwealth Government is now committed to delivering on the promised $300 billion for health and social services investment in 2020-21, and that is something we are looking forward to,” he said.
“I would expect this to be significant, given that we have seen over $1 trillion spent on health and wellbeing in the last three years.
Read more about health care in the States:Mr Donnellant said the package would be announced during the next tranche, which will be announced next month.
He said the Government would be targeting a $50 billion investment package over the next four years.”
This is the first step in the Federal Budget, and I would expect to see it be announced by the end of the year,” he added.”
We will then have a very detailed and detailed discussion of the priorities in terms of investment and how that will be delivered.
“In terms of the infrastructure, it is a great first step towards what we have talked about as a Commonwealth Government.
We want to see more hospitals, more community hospitals, a lot more community facilities and more social care.
There will be other steps, but I am sure this is the start of a new period of investment in health.”
Professor Farrars report said Commonwealth health spending had been falling for the last four years, and had increased in the past year by a further $1.1 billion.
However, he said he did not believe the Commonwealth had been spending enough on health services.
“It’s clear from the Commonwealth Budget, the Commonwealth spends more on healthcare than other developed nations, but it has actually been falling over the last year,” Professor Farrarrar said.
While Mr Donnellany said the State had a good track record of delivering Commonwealth investment, Professor Farges said there were areas where it could do more.
The Commonwealth had spent $1 billion on regional hospitals, he noted, but did not think that was enough to provide adequate health and community services in those regions.
Mr Donnelant said Commonwealth money for regional health centres was a “key component” of the plan.
Under the Government’s new package, the State will receive $2 billion in direct Federal funding for infrastructure and $10 billion for community health services for a total of $300bn over five to 10 years.
He said funding for regional hospital investment was “absolutely vital”, with more than $300.2 billion invested in regional hospitals since 2013.
“So we have invested in new hospitals in those areas, and we have also invested in community hospitals,” Mr Donnelan said.
Mr Donnnant said funding would be “based on a proven performance metric” and would be funded through a “transition payment” scheme that would see Commonwealth funds allocated to new regional hospitals each year.
“That’s not a magic bullet, but we’re confident that it’s going to deliver the services that we need,” he told the ABC.
“And if it does, it will be a positive signal