Greens put focus on health care: $279.3m less funding for Orange Health Service

25-04-2020 by admin

SPENDING SHORTFALL: Greens candidate for Calare Delanie Sky. Photo: DANIELLE CETINSKI 0516dcgreens2CALARE’S Greens candidate has railed against fewer projected dollars in Orange Health Service’s budget, but avoiding the funding shortfall is set to cost those with private health insurance.

The National Health Reform Agreement was passed in 2011, which would have meant the federal government would cover 45 per cent of the growth in hospital activity from July 2014, but the Abbott government scrapped the arrangement and also reduced the growth in funding to the consumer price index from July 2017, saving the national hospitals budget $50 billion.

Greens candidate for Calare Delanie Sky said projections based on the number of hospital beds and staff revealed Orange Health Service would receive $279.3 million less during the next decade than it would have under the 2011 agreement.

“That’s 168 patient beds or 311 nurses,” she said.

She said The Greens’ policy of abolishing private health insurance rebates would raise $10 billion to reinvest in hospitals, but despite falling numbers of Australians buying health insurance amid growing premiums, she believed people would not walk away from their health cover en masse because they could afford it.

“The people who are private can stay private and the people dropping out are going to pay other taxes that will contribute to the public system,” she said.

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