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Funding for hospital rises

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July 27, 2017

Seymour Health will receive $13.452million from the Victorian Government this year, which is up by $308000 or 2.3 per cent on last year’s funding allocation.

The Victorian Government hasn’t been afraid to splash the cash, with a record $18.12billion being spent in the next year so more patients can get the highest quality care and treatment.

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said the record funding for the health system was split among hospitals, ambulance services, mental health and drug services, aged care, community health and public health services.

Victorian hospitals will receive $10.6billion, which is $665.84million or 6.7 per cent more than was provided in the previous financial year.

The government’s increased funding will support hospitals to meet demand so patients can access the care they need and deserve more quickly and closer to home.

It will enable hospitals to admit 1.9million patients and treat 1.8million patients in emergency.

They will also be able to carry out more than 200000 elective surgeries to reduce waiting lists even further.

‘‘We know our dedicated doctors, nurses and staff do a remarkable job and this record funding boost gives them the support they need to keep saving lives and keep people healthy,’’ Ms Symes said.

‘‘This record boost means better hospitals and efficient care that is first class and accessible, no matter where you live in Northern Victoria.

‘‘The former Liberal-National Government underfunded our health system, but the Andrews Labor Government is providing the funding our country hospitals need to treat patients sooner.

‘‘We are opening more beds, more theatres and reducing waits for surgery and emergency care which is all about putting Northern Victoria patients first.’’

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