NSW calls for a fairer share of Federal health funding
NSW Minister for Health John Hatzistergos has slammed the Federal Government for its "remote control" approach to the national health system.
Hatzistergos said half-way through the current Australian Health Care Agreement, NSW is now spending more on health care services than Canberra.
"The fact is, the people of NSW are being short-changed by the Federal Government," he said.
"The Commonwealth health system is a massive 5,000 odd bureaucracy which doesn't treat a single patient.
"Yet, every year they come to lecture us on how we should spend our money on health care."
Hatzistergos recently met State and Territory Health Ministers at a summit in Melbourne where he will outline how:
Since signing of the current Australian Health Care Agreement in 2003, NSW funding for public hospitals has increased by 42.3% - compared to the Federal Government's rise of just 14.7 %
In 2005/06, the NSW rate of funding increase for public hospitals was 10.4 percent - the Federal Government's contribution rose by only 5%.
"Through the health budget, in 2003/04 NSW was spending $1.60 for every $1 it gets from Canberra. In 2006/07, we are paying $1.80 compared to Canberra's dollar," he explained.
"That's why I am calling on the Federal Minister for Health to ensure that the health services provided by all states and territories receive a fair share of Canberra's record high budget surpluses."