29 November 2011 Today’s MYEFO shows how the Gillard Government’s priorities in health are all wrong.
While it wastes hundreds of millions of dollars on GP Super Clinics it will rip almost three quarters of a billion dollars from Australia’s hospital system over the next four years.
National Healthcare Specific Purpose Payments to the states are expected to fall by $110 million in the current financial year and by $723 million over the forward estimates according to the Mid Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook.
Shadow Health Minister Peter Dutton said the MYEFO showed how the Gillard Government and Nicola Roxon intended to starve the states hospitals of funding, while pouring money into Labor’s pet projects.
“They’ve wasted money on GP Super Clinics that don’t have doctors, don’t bulk bill and don’t provide after hours services.”
“They’re going waste a billion dollars more on the myriad of new bureaucracies they’ve established to oversee the hospitals system.”
“But for the hospitals themselves there’s less dollars. This is a Government that clearly doesn’t know what it is doing and can’t be trusted.”
“It says it won’t need to spend the money because ‘hospital utilisation rates’ have changed, it needs to explain exactly what that means to the patients on elective surgery waiting lists and those seeking treatment in Emergency Departments.”
Mr Dutton said the Government also needed to explain why it expected to spend $1.8 billion less on PBS medicines when it continually claimed the PBS costs were rising higher than other healthcare costs.