RECORD FUNDING BOOST FOR BETTER PATIENT CARE AT EASTERN HEALTH

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 today announced the 2017/18 bottom-line budget allocations for Victorian hospitals.

Eastern Health receives $791.597 million, up by $47.699 million, or 6.4 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.

Eastern Health’s allocation is up by $125.935 million, or 18.9 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.

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 Minister for Health Jill Hennessy

“This record boost means better hospitals and efficient care that is first class and accessible, no matter where you live.”

“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 Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane

“We know our dedicated doctors and nurses do a remarkable job at Eastern Health. This record boost gives them the support the need to keep saving lives and keep people in [insert electorate] healthy.”

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