Posted on 13. Apr, 2010 in News

The Victorian Government will inject $45 million into Victorian hospitals to provide more patients access to elective surgery faster, Premier John Brumby announced today.

Inspecting final works on the second stage of the Alfred Centre redevelopment with Health Minister Daniel Andrews, Mr Brumby said the boost would treat thousands of extra patients waiting for elective surgery.

“Our government understands how important it is for Victorian families to access the very best health services,” Mr Brumby said.

“That’s why we have increased funding to our health services by more than 130 per cent over the past 10 years to create Australia’s most efficient and responsive health system.

“We have a strong record of investing in our public hospitals, but more can be done and that is why we are committing a further $45 million to deliver even more elective surgery procedures. 

“This vital funding boost will provide 9000 more elective surgery procedures more quickly.”

Mr Brumby called again on the Commonwealth Government for an equal 50/50 health funding partnership with the states.

“If we had the extra $1.2 billion that would be delivered with a 50/50 funding split, we would be able to treat 100,000 more patients each year.

“If our health system had extra support from the Commonwealth Government now, we could do so much more for Victorian patients needing elective surgery.

“We will continue to push for a comprehensive reform approach but one that makes a difference to Victorian patients.”

Mr Andrews said great results could be achieved for patients when the State and Commonwealth Governments worked together.

“We provided $60 million in partnership with the Commonwealth Government in 2008 and engaged in the biggest one-off elective surgery blitz in the state’s history,” Mr Andrews said.

“Victorian hospitals performed 13,478 extra procedures in 2008, far exceeding the target of 9,400, and performing more than half of the nation’s target.

“Victoria’s hospitals delivered more elective surgery procedures than any other state or territory as part of that blitz.”

Mr Andrews said the Alfred Centre was Victoria’s first dedicated centre for public elective surgery.

“More than 32,000 Victorian patients have been cared for here since the Alfred Centre opened,” he said.

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