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Tuesday, 12 May 2009
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Mr Price asked the Minister for Health and Ageing, in writing, on 19 March 2009:

(1)   Is she aware of the ‘Reid review’ (1994) which found that, in the 1990s, Blacktown-Mount Druitt Hospital serviced 36 per cent of the Sydney West Area Health Service population but was only funded for 21 per cent of the resources.

(2)   Has this malapportionment been rectified.

Ms Roxon (Minister for Health and Ageing) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(1)   I am aware of the 1994 Reid Review.

(2)   Under the National Healthcare Agreement and National Partnerships, the Commonwealth will provide the New South Wales government with approximately $20.5 billion in funds over five years until 2012-13. This is an increase of around 47% or $6.5 billion over the previous agreement. The New South Wales Minister for Health, the Hon John Della Bosca MP, is responsible for determining how funds will be divided and distributed to New South Wales public hospitals.