Record $19.9 billion for health

Published 18th June, 2014 in Health

Record health funding in the NSW Budget will enable an extra 120,000 patients to be treated in hospitals, including emergency departments, this year.

Doctor operating CT machine in hospital
Doctor operating CT machine in hospital

Recurrent spending in health will be $18.7 billion in 2014-15 - an increase of $929 million (or 5.2%) on a like-for-like basis compared to the previous year.

The NSW Government will spend almost $1.3 billion on capital works in 2014-15, taking the total health budget to around $20 billion.

Highlights of the 2014-15 NSW Budget for health are:

  • $300 million for extra patient (including emergency department) admissions to hospital.
  • $1.3 billion to build and redevelop new hospitals across greater Sydney and in the Central Coast and North Coast regions.
  • $24.5 million to build 5 new ambulance stations, and purchase additional metropolitan sites, across greater Sydney.
  • $30 million for integrated care across the whole health system.
  • $15 million to employ 115 new clinical nurse educators/midwife educators and specialists.
  • $83 million for e-Health/improved ICT support for patient care.
  • $10 million for palliative care.
  • $7 million to expand Hospital in the Home services.
  • $18 million for preventive health such as anti-smoking and skin cancer protection plus $19 million to continue programs such as the Healthy Children’s Initiative and Healthy Workers Initiative.
  • $6.8 million to improve access to pain management services, particularly in rural areas.
  • $5 million for Enable NSW, which provides aids and equipment for rehabilitation and to keep people out of hospital.
  • $2 million to increase capacity for caring for young people with a brain injury.
  • $800,000 for 22 more cochlear implants for children and adults.
  • Almost $100 million for key medical research initiatives.
  • Over $32 million for major mental health care services.
Published 18th June, 2014 in Health