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The year ahead in eHealth – State budgets analysis

With six of the eight state and territory budgets now published, we look at the state of health, eHealth and IT budgets in Victoria, Tasmania, the ACT, NT, Queensland and South Australia in the coming year.

VICTORIA

Budget:  Delivered 7 May 13 by Treasurer Michael O’Brien (Liberal) 

Surplus budget - by $225 million

Total health budget: $14 billion

Key announcements in health, eHealth and IT:

  • High investment in health infrastructure – particularly hospitals ($1.2 billion over four years, $629 million for new capital projects)
  • $238 million for additional clinical training
  • $19 million over four years to technology portfolio for Victorian Government ICT Strategy – using ICT to deliver better government services  

 

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Budget:  Delivered 14 May 13 by Treasurer David Tollner (Country Liberals) 

Deficit budget – by $1.185 billion

Total health budget: $1.36 billion (increased by $136 million)

Key announcements in health, eHealth and IT:

  • $173 million for health infrastructure upgrades
  • New Service Framework decentralises hospital and health services from Department of Health to new authorities in Top End and Central Australia, managed through service delivery agreements
  • $575 million operational funding to Top End Health and Hospital Service - Royal Darwin, Katherine and Gove District hospitals
  • $229 million operational funding to Central Australian Health and Hospital Service - Alice Springs and Tennant Creek hospitals
  • $10 million capital and $35 million operational per year for alcohol mandatory treatment tribunal and rehabilitation facilities


TASMANIA

Budget:  Delivered 23 May 13 by Premier and Treasurer Lara Giddings (ALP)

Deficit budget - by $266 million

Total health budget: $1.4 billion –increase of $533 million

Key announcements in health, eHealth and IT:

  • Health infrastructure spend to rise to $108.7 million, to include Royal Hobart Hospital, Glenorchy Community Health, Launceston Hospital and state-wide cancer services
  • $28 million over 4 years for a statewide ICT Project Fund to include an integrated Tas Government Contact Centre, Budget and State Revenue systems, and Criminal Justice, emergency and student management systems



QUEENSLAND

Budget:  Delivered 4 Jun 13 by Treasurer and Minister for Trade Tim Nicholls (Liberal)

Deficit budget - by $7.6 billion

Total health budget: $12.3 billion – increase of $533 million

Key announcements in health, eHealth and IT:

  • $384 million over four years to maintain and fix Qld Health payroll system including $5 million for the inquiry into the failures of the payroll system
  • $135.1 million to support e-health and the national health reform agenda including $27.6 million for e-health support systems for PCEHR
  • $30.9 million over four years for a 24/7 rural telehealth service using emergency staff and clinicians in hospitals across the state
  • Health facility maintenance boosted to $147 million over 4 years
  • Continuing restructure / decentralisation of Dept of Health
  • $1.3 billion to health facility infrastructure projects including upgrades to Gold & Sunshine Coast University, QLD Childrens, Cairns Base and Townsville hospitals and facilities in remote / rural areas
  • State CITEC (IT and data centre) budget cut by about 7.8 per cent from 2012/13

 

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

Budget:  Delivered 4 Jun 13 by DCM / Treasurer Andrew Barr (ALP) 

Deficit budget; rates will increase by $139 per year

Total health budget: $5.7 billion over 4 years

Key announcements in health, eHealth and IT:

  • Major focus on hospitals including $45.6 million for extra beds at Canberra & Calvary, $6.3 million to Centenary and $33 million to shorten public elective surgery lists
  • Continuing some costs from 2010/11 $90 million investment in e-health capacity and infrastructure

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA


Budget:  Delivered 6 Jun 13 by Premier and Treasurer Jay Weatherill (ALP) 

Deficit budget by $911 million

Total health budget: $5 billion

Key announcements in health, eHealth and IT:

  • $101.3 million over 4 years for Enterprise Patient Administration System for e-health records in metropolitan hospitals, GP centres and two regional general hospitals
  • $248.1 million towards new Royal Adelaide Hospital
  • $183.2 million over four years for infrastructure at Queen Elizabeth, Lyell McEwin and Women’s and Children’s Hospitals
  • $31.7million increase for hospital and health care operations
  • $32 million over three years for Closing the Gap in Indigenous Health Outcomes
  • $9.1 million over four years for South Australia Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)

 

STILL TO COME:

 

NSW State budget [link http://www.budget.nsw.gov.au/ ] will be released on Tue 18 June 2013

 

WA State budget link http://www.ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au/ ] will be released in August 2013, date TBC