2010-11 Budget - Health Overview

10th May 2010

2010-11 Budget – Health Overview

Spending in the Health portfolio for the period 2010-11 will total $7.3 billion over five years, including 2009-10, to realise the National Health and Hospitals Network (NHHN) that will be funded nationally, and run locally.
The key announcements include significant investment to ensure better afterhours access to GPs through building of new GP super and primary health care clinics, investment in training for nurses, and ehealth records for every Australian that wants one.
For access to the full Department of Health and Ageing Portfolio Budget Statement please click here.
Key spending announced in this Budget for NHHN
There is an extra $2.2billion of investment for the NHHN in this Budget. This includes:
Entire Health service delivery investments
• $3.52 billion to improve access to public hospital services, including $1.62 billion to deliver 1,316 subacute care beds.
• $1.2 billion for the health workforce – to train more health professionals and make the most of the skills and dedication of our existing workforce.
• $812.9 million to improve access in the community to high-quality aged care, including $532.9 million in new funding.
• $772 million to strengthen access to primary care services, including around 23 new GP Super Clinics and improved access to GP after hours services.
• $466.7 million to develop and implement a national system for personally controlled electronic health records.
• $449.2 million to deliver coordinated primary health care for people with diabetes.
• $266 million – to establish governance arrangements under the Network.
• $175.8 million to improve our mental health system, including $123.2 million in new funding.
• $52.6 million for prevention, including significant new initiatives to tackle smoking and binge drinking.
Aged Care
Mental health
Indigenous health
Community pharmacy and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme
Pandemic preparedness

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