Record $19.9 billion for health
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.