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$83.6 million federal boost for Queensland nursing homes.

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Media Release

Senator the Hon Ian Macdonald

Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government



7 December 1999 







Queensland nursing homes will receive an extra $83.6 milli
on as part of the Federal Government’s response to the Productivity Commission’s Report into Nursing Home funding, Queensland Senator and Federal Regional Services Minister Ian Macdonald said today.


Senator Macdonald said that this extra funding for Queensland marked the end of Labor’s policy on aged care which had seen the State receive the lowest funding for nursing homes.


"Labor left Queensland with an appalling legacy in aged care, which the Coalition has now fixed with a transition to equal funding between the States.


"This decision follows lobbying from myself, my Queensland Coalition colleagues and Queensland aged care providers, to establish a new policy which has now been implemented."


"Queensland nursing homes only received $90 a head per day, while the national average was $105 per day. Under the Coalition’s new Funding Equalisation and Assistance Package the inequity would be removed by July 2002.


Senator Macdonald said that Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia will now come up to the national average by the year 2002 - without any reduction in funding elsewhere. The additional injection of funds will occur in Queensland from 1 January 2001.


"This extra funding is on top of the increases delivered since the Coalition came to Government. Payments for residential aged care beds have increased from an average of $18,135 per bed in 1995-96 (Labor’s last year in government) to $23,648 per bed in 1999-2000.


"Today’s good news officially ends the last aspects of Labor’s ridiculous presumption that Queensland’s aged people didn’t warrant the same level of funding as older people in other States."



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