Australian states sign on to health reform agreement

29 May 2020 (Last Updated May 29th, 2020 15:51)

All states and territories in Austalia have signed onto the federal government’s new health reform agreement, which will enable public hospitals to have funding for the next five years.

Australian states sign on to health reform agreement
This funding agreement will provide more services across public hospitals in every state and territory. Credit: Adhy Savala on Unsplash.

All states and territories in Austalia have signed onto the federal government’s new health reform agreement, which will enable public hospitals to have funding for the next five years.

This funding agreement will provide more services across public hospitals in every state and territory.

Under the new 2020‑25 National Health Reform Agreement, an estimated $131.4bn will be provided as additional funding to public hospitals over five years from 2020–21. This amount is in addition to the more than $8bn health investment by the Commonwealth to combat the Covid-19 response.

As per this agreement, a small number of very sick children across the country will receive lifesaving, high cost therapies such as immunotherapy, to reduce cancer risk free of charge.

Commonwealth and states have agreed to jointly fund this cancer treatment. Patients would otherwise have to pay around $500,000 per treatment for cancer immunotherapy without this support.

Furthermore, states are provided funding to offer more flexible care, including hospital care at home when patients need it. This will include rehabilitation post a stroke, at home. Approximately 50,000 strokes occur every year and this facility is expected to help such patients.

The federal government’s funding for public hospital services in New South Wales is estimated to be $40.1bn over the next five years. This is an addition of $9.3bn in funding to the state.

The funding in Victoria is estimated to grow to $32.4bn, which is an extra of $7.3bn. The funding contribution in Queensland is estimated to grow to $30.1bn, delivering an additional $8.4bn in funding.

In Western Australia, it is estimated to grow to $14.1bn over the next five years, an addition of $3.4bn in funding.

The funding contribution for South Australia public hospital services is estimated to grow to $7.8bn, delivering an additional $1.3bn in funding.

In Tasmania, the funding is estimated to expand to $2.4bn under the new agreement, delivering an additional $400m in funding. In Northern Territory, the funding contribution is estimated to grow to $2.0bn, an additional funding of $707m.

The funding for Australian Capital Territory is estimated to grow to $2.5bn, delivering an additional funding of $598m.