Patients with cancer, arthritis, heart conditions or stroke will be able to access their specialist appointments closer to home, no matter where they live, thanks to a landmark boost to regional health.
The Victorian Budget 2019/20 includes $136.2 million for an additional 500,000 specialist appointments in regional Victoria, making sure patients can access the world-class care they need without costly trips to Melbourne, away from family and friends.
The big boost to rural and regional specialist appointments will mean 75,000 extra appointments for heart conditions, 30,000 appointments for those struggling with arthritis, 50,000 appointments for Victorians with chronic pain and 40,000 extra appointments for patients suffering from cancer.
Regional Victorians deserve the best care, no matter where they live. The Budget includes a $100 million boost to the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund, helping build the world-class hospitals and health facilities that rural and regional communities count on.
The Andrews Labor Government’s $100 million redevelopment of Maryborough Hospital is on track, with work underway and funding set aside for when shovels are ready to hit the ground.
Bendigo patients recovering from illness or injury will be able to get their rehabilitation treatment under the one roof, with nearly $60 million in the Budget for the Bendigo Hospital Day Rehabilitation Centre. It was a Labor Government who designed, funded and delivered the flagship Bendigo Hospital – and now we’re making it better.
Rochester paramedics are winners too, with funding in the Budget to ensure their single-crew shifts become a thing of the past, and paramedics only attend emergencies in pairs.
But there’s no use building world-class hospitals if they’re not funded to deliver first-class care. The Budget includes $2.5 billion so that our nurses and doctors have record funding to deliver the very best treatment that can prove the difference between life and death.
This record funding will help admit two million patients across Victoria, while 1.91 million patients will receive world-class care in emergency departments, and 203,000 Victorians will get the surgery they need, faster.
Quote attributable to Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos
“The last thing Bendigo patients need is long and costly trips just to see their specialists. We’re stepping in and making sure more locals can get the world-class care they need, closer to home.”
Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan
“Bendigo is already home to a world-class hospital that was designed, funded and delivered by Labor Governments. Now we’re ensuring patients can get the specialist care they need without trips to Melbourne.”
Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards
“Whether it’s funding more specialist appointments, building the Bendigo Hospital Day Rehabilitation Centre or backing our nurses and doctors with record funding, we’re ensuring patients can count on world-class care.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020