State Budget 2014: Improving health services

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New hospitals and better health

To support a growing population and increased demand for services the Napthine Government has a clear plan to provide quality health care for all Victorians.

Building better hospitals
The Budget delivers an additional $1.4 billion over four years to support hospitals. Total health funding will be a record $14.9 billion in 2014-15.
This investment includes an additional $156 million over four years to better support Victorians with a mental illness or drug and alcohol addiction.
Key hospital funding initiatives include:

  • $73 million on the Latrobe Regional Hospital redevelopment.
  • $28 million will be provided to develop the new Barwon Health-North Facility.
  • $14 million for the Boort Hospital redevelopment, which will include a new 32 bed facility.
  • The Napthine Government will provide $190 million to boost elective surgery over four years.

Boosting funding for disability care

This Budget invests $200 million over four years to support Victorians with a serious disability to make choices about the services that best suit their needs.
Total investment in disability services is now $300 million more than when the Coalition came to government.
The Napthine Government has also made a significant contribution to establish the National Disability Insurance Scheme, with a trail of the NDIS in the Barwon area and the national headquarters located in Geelong.

“The Napthine Government is investing in quality services to meet the demands of a growing population, including support for growing regional communities.”

Denis Napthine MP, Premier

 

In the past four years the Coalition Government has invested billions of dollars in health infrastructure programs that includes:

  • $1b Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre.
  • $630m Bendigo Hospital.
  • $448m for the Box Hill Hospital redevelopment.
  • $250m for the Monash Children’s Hospital.
  • $55m for the Peter Doherty Institute.
  • $165m for the redevelopment of the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.
  • $81m for the Frankston Hospital in-patient expansion, emergency department and sub-acute beds.
  • $98m for the Geelong Hospital major upgrade.
  • $9m for the Austin Short Stay Unit expansion.

 

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