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Victorian hospitals receive funding boost
10 May 2012 - 5:15pm
Following on from its State Budget announcement last week, the Victorian government has revealed more details surrounding its investment in health.
Health minister David Davis outlined $364 million in hospital redevelopment plans, which will aim to increase services to key areas.
The $447.5 million Box Hill Hospital redevelopment and the $630 million Bendigo Hospital project are among the most significant sites to receive funding.
Sunshine Hospital in West Melbourne will also welcome a long awaited intensive care unit, two new labour delivery rooms and an expanded pathology service.
Whilst the new facilities will have an impact on waiting lists for public patients, Victorians with private health insurance will still enjoy the flexibility of avoiding long waiting lists and being treated by a doctor of their own choice by choosing a private hospital that is close to them.
"New health infrastructure projects across the state are not only vital in boosting access to health services, but are also important in stimulating Victoria's economy and creating more jobs," Mr Davis said yesterday (May 9).
"These projects deliver substantial economic benefits for Victoria and the local community," he added.