The Andrews Labor Government will spend a record $18.12 billion over the next year so more Victorian patients can get the highest quality care and treatment they need – and sooner.
Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy announced the 2017/18 bottom-line budget allocations on Wednesday as part of the statewide spend for Victorian hospitals.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said the funding allocation means Casterton Memorial Hospital will receive $4.815 million, up by $143,000, or 3.1 per cent, on the previous year.
The funding boost comes on the back of an extra $1.67 billion in this year’s State Budget over four years.
The budget breakdown shows how the Labor Government’s record investment in the health system is split among hospitals, ambulance services, mental health and drug services, aged care, community health and public health services.
Victorian hospitals will receive $10.6 billion, which is $665.84 million – or 6.7 per cent more – than was provided in the previous financial year.
And it’s $1.76 billion more than cash-starved hospitals received under the Liberals in their last budget in 2014/15.
The Casterton Hospital allocation is up by $458,000, or 10.5 per cent, on what it was doled out under the Liberals.
“The Government’s increased funding will support hospitals to meet demand so patients can access the care they need and deserve, more quickly, no matter where they live”, Ms Tierney said.
It will enable hospitals to admit 1.9 million patients, treat 1.8 million patients in emergency and carry out more than 200,000 elective surgeries to reduce waiting lists even further.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP
“Our hardworking and dedicated doctors and nurses do a remarkable job at Casterton Memorial Hospital.”
“This record boost gives them the support they need to keep saving lives and keep people healthy.”
“We are opening more beds, more theatres and reducing waits for surgery and emergency care which is all about putting patients first.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy MP
“This record boost means better hospitals and efficient care that is first class and accessible, no matter where you live.”