Reforms Tipped to Cut Wait for Health Services

The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia), July 16, 2010 | Go to article overview

Reforms Tipped to Cut Wait for Health Services


MACKAY families, workers and retirees will benefit from reduced waiting times for health and hospital services as a result of the Federal Government's health reforms: that was the message Parliamentary Secretary for Health Mark Butler gave those who attended a community forum at CQUniversity at Mackay on Wednesday night.

Addressing those who came to the forum, Mr Butler said the new National Health and Hospitals Network would mean more funding for the Mackay Base Hospital.

"Local public health services will be administered through a Local Hospital Network, focussed on Mackay Base Hospital, and a Medicare Local, co-ordinating GP level services. The Commonwealth will directly fund the Local Hospital Networks for 60 per cent of the efficient price of each service the hospital provides to its patients," Mr Butler said.

"This will drive better safety, quality and efficiency.

"It will mean an increase in the effective number of hospital beds in the system, and is an essential part of tackling elective surgery waiting lists. The Medicare Local for Mackay will also commence in 2012, supporting health professionals to improve after-hours care, provide more co-ordinated care, improve access to services, and link primary health care with hospital and aged care sectors. …

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