The Liberal National Government will improve the health and care of patients on the Gold Coast with a guaranteed $1.25 billion boost to health services.
Gold Coast MP, Karen Andrews, said that this will provide more doctors, more nurses and more services in every state and territory.
“This is the tangible benefit of a strong economy and it’s why we are so committed to keeping our economy strong,” Minister Andrews said.
“The $1.25 billion Community Health and Hospitals Program will fund projects and services in every state and territory, supporting patient care while reducing pressure on community and hospital services.”
Under the program, our Government will partner with communities like the Gold Coast, states and territories, health and hospital services and research institutions to provide additional funding in four key areas:
- Specialist hospital services such as cancer treatment, rural health and hospital infrastructure
- Drug and alcohol treatment
- Preventive, primary and chronic disease management
- Mental health
Minister for Health Greg Hunt said the new program will complement the Coalition’s record investment in public hospitals.
“Our funding for public hospitals across Australia will more than double under the Coalition from $13.3 billion in 2012–13 to $28.7 billion in 2024–25.”
“This is record public hospital funding delivering more doctors, more nurses and more services.”
“Our new five year National Health Reform Agreement will deliver more than $30 billion in additional public hospital funding from 2020–21 to 2024–25, taking overall funding during this period to $130.2 billion.”
“Three Liberal and three Labor states have already signed up to the new agreement.”
Minister Andrews said that a strong economy enables the Liberal National Government to invest in even more doctors, nurses and public hospital services – benefiting patients across Australia.
“Commonwealth Government Activity Based Funding has grown 111.0% since 2012-13 to $402,632,696 for 2018-19 for the Gold Coast region. This is further supported by the record investment in Medicare, provision of medicines under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme to make them affordable for patients, and the breakthrough medical science occurring through the Medical Research Future Fund,” Minister Andrews said.