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Hospital reform on the way

2 August 2011 - 6:03pm

Western Australia has agreed to go ahead with the federal government's multi-billion dollar national health and hospital funding reform.

15 months after Kevin Rudd introduced the deal as prime minister, Julia Gillard has reached a compromise with WA.

Ms Gillard has reportedly dropped plans to retain one third of the state's GST revenue.

Under the new plan, a national health funding pool will see $175 billion delivered by 2030.

One of the primary goals of the reform is to reduce waiting times for emergency care.

Health minister Nicola Roxon says that the government will be able to track every dollar administered through the system for maximum efficiency.

Medical authorities are expected to carefully monitor the administration of funds to ensure the government delivers promised funding.

Health reform has been a key focus for the Gillard government, with increased emphasis on preventative health and primary health care.

The deal also no longer includes a pledge for public hospital patients to receive a private hospital bed if they are forced to wait too long for elective surgery.

Whilst public hospitals will see a funding boost over the next five years, immediate flexibility and coverage can be provided by private health insurance.



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