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Record $19.9 billion for health

18 June 2014
Record health funding in the NSW Budget will enable an extra 120,000 patients to be treated in hospitals, including emergency departments, this year.
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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.
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