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Funding open to rural private hospitals

12 October 2011 - 5:19pm

People with private health insurance in rural Australia will likely welcome the announcement of new funding open to private hospitals in their area.

The Gillard government is encouraging private hospitals, clinic and health professionals to apply for grants of up to $500,000 to improve their services.

Money can be used for the purchasing of new health equipment or the building of new facilities.

Individuals with private health policies may wish to keep track of developments in their areas as they could see the range of services extended in the near future.

Minister for Health and Ageing Nicola Roxon says that the National Rural and Remote Health Infrastructure Program will accept submissions for the next ten weeks, starting October 8 2011.

Roxon says: "People in the bush - particularly in areas with a population of under 20,000 - will
benefit from better health care due to these grants.

"These are competitive grants designed to help overcome any barriers preventing
establishment of new health services in rural and remote areas, or where existing health
services can be improved."

Roxon urges local councils, private GPs and indigenous health organisations to use the opportunity to offer a better standard of care in their area.