- WA will share in an extra $2.8 billion in funding for health nationally
- $80 million nationally to boost the number of eligible MRI machines
- Access to full MRI licences
Federal Labor has announced it will establish a Better Hospitals Fund to invest an extra $2.8 billion in public hospitals for 2019 to 2025. This will fully reverse the cuts to hospital funding recently entrenched by the Federal Government in the new agreement for public hospital funding.
The extra funding promised by Federal Labor will be targeted at reducing emergency department and elective surgery waiting times.
A further $80 million will boost the number of eligible MRI machines and 20 new full licences will be approved. The first 10 licences will be reserved for public hospitals, with locations determined by the Senate Committee. Remaining licences will be subject to a transparent application process.
Comments attributed to Health and Mental Health Minister Roger Cook:
"The McGowan Labor Government welcomes the announcement that a Federal Labor Government will further invest in healthcare for all Western Australians.
"Putting patients first is at the heart of this announcement and reflects the universal truth of Labor's commitment to public healthcare.
"WA signed up to a new agreement for public hospital funding with the Federal Government because the considerable fiscal challenges we inherited meant budget certainty was the best decision for the State.
"The agreement won't resolve the inequities embedded in the health funding received by WA compared to other States, and means we must continue to make the case for a fair share.
"The announcement of full MRI licences could be good news for places such as Midland Public Hospital, where there is only a partial licence and patients cannot access a full range of MRI services. Equally, there are important regional areas such as Kalgoorlie and the Pilbara with no MRI machine, where the community has been advocating for one."
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