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$27 million for Queensland: delivering elective surgery to working families.



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THE HON NICOLA ROXON MP

Minister for Health and Ageing

MEDIA RELEASE

14 January 2008 NR08/07c

$27 million for Queensland - delivering elective surgery to working families

Today’s meeting between Treasurers and Health Ministers was an important step in delivering better health care to working families.

Before the election, we said we’d end the blame game, and now we’re doing exactly that.

Today, we reached an agreement with the states to provide $150 million to help 25,000 patients get the elective surgery they need. Too many people are currently waiting too long to get elective surgery.

This $150 million commitment will help slash the number of people waiting longer than clinically recommended for elective surgery.

That means that thousands of Australians will be able to resume their normal lives faster.

$27.6 million will go to Queensland to deliver an additional 4,000 procedures.

This commitment to extra funding is matched by our determination to ensure the additional money is used to deliver concrete results for working families.

To achieve that goal, the states have agreed to stringent reporting requirements.

In keeping with the Rudd Government’s commitment to transparency and accountability, those reports will be made public. They will enable the community to evaluate the effectiveness of the elective surgery plan, as well as making informed choices about their own health care based on individual hospital results.

More information is available in a communiqué on the Department of Health and Ageing website www.health.gov.au.

There is much to be done in health, and this is an important step. This agreement will deliver better health care to thousands of Australians.

Contact: Sean Kelly 0417 108 362