Patients to Suffer From the Abbott Government’s $13.6 Billion Cuts to Victorian Hospitals

A new analysis has revealed how much Victorian hospitals will lose over the next ten years as a result of the Abbott Federal Government’s cuts to health.

Following the announcement of the Abbott Government’s proposed cuts, Victoria stands to lose a staggering $13.6 billion over the next ten years.

The Federal Government has abandoned key components of the National Health Reform Agreement, effectively cutting the Commonwealth’s contributions to Victoria’s public hospitals from 1 July 2017 and removing funding guarantees.

This comes on top of cuts of $1 billion taken out of health services by the previous Napthine Liberal Government. This will have a flow on effect into emergency departments meaning Victorian’s will wait even longer in emergency departments and on elective surgery waiting lists.

The Abbott Government has also cut funding from a number of key National Partnership Agreements, including:

  • Up to $90 million for the National Partnership Agreement for Preventive Health
  • Almost $220 million ($219.4 million) over three years for the National Partnership Agreement on Adult Public Dental Services
  • Up to $50 million in reward payments for emergency department and elective surgery waiting list times, and $840 million over the next ten years to fund new subacute beds, under the National Partnership Agreement on Improving Public Hospital Services.

Quotes attributable to Member for Mordialloc, Tim Richardson

 “These cuts aren’t just a number on a piece of paper, they will severely affect local Kingston residents seeking the care of our hospitals and health services.

“The Federal Government needs to reverse this decision and play its part to fund Victoria’s hospitals to improve waiting times and reduce waiting lists.”

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