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Government delivers a strong health Budget, AMA

Tuesday 5 May

"The Australian Medical Association Victoria is pleased with the Victorian Government’s Budget. Strong investments have been made across the health system and the medical profession looks forward to working with Premier Andrews and Minister Hennessy as these commitments come into effect," AMA Victoria President Dr Tony Bartone said this morning. In particular, AMA Victoria is pleased to see:

Significant growth in health expenditure
6.7% growth funding into the acute sector, which includes:

  • An elective surgery blitz;
  • The public hospital beds fund;
  • A commitment to admit to hospital an additional 60,000 patients each year.

Health services for Melbourne's growth corridors
In the lead up to last year’s election, AMA Victoria called for improved services to Melbourne’s growth corridors. Today’s Budget includes:

  • $200 million for the Western Women's and Children's Hospital in Sunshine;
  • $106.3 million for Casey Hospital;
  • $85 million for Werribee Mercy.

Investment in cardiac services, as heart disease is a leading cause of death

  • $15 million for the Victorian Heart Hospital
  • $10 million for Ballarat Health's cardiovascular services.

Finally, a commitment to real-time prescription monitoring
"AMA Victoria is particularly pleased to see the Government's commitment to a real-time prescription drug monitoring system. The misuse and abuse of pharmaceutical medications (often via "doctor shopping") is a major problem across the state and we are very pleased to see an initial $300,000 investment for the planning and implementation of this monitoring system.

"Although this is small amount, we are ecstatic that this problem is finally being addressed and we are looking forward to working with the Government to see this system implemented," Dr Bartone said.

Disappointing no investment in health IT systems
"There is zero investment in public hospital and general practice IT systems. It is paramount that GPs have access to timely and secure patient discharge summaries, medication charts and relevant information relating to a patient’s hospital stay. This can't be put in the "too hard basket" - health IT a vital investment and it is a glaring omission in the Budget.

“Overall, AMA Victoria congratulates the Victorian Government on their first Budget and we look forward to working with them as these health investments are implemented throughout the state,” Dr Bartone said.

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