$107.3M boost for Gold Coast hospital and health services

Gold Coast residents will continue to receive quality health care and hospital treatment with a $107.3 million funding boost to the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service as part of the 2017-18 State Budget.
Health and Ambulance Services Minister Cameron Dick said the new budget of $1.391 billion was 8.4 per cent more than the 2016–17 operating budget of $1.283 billion.
“This budget ensures the money is being spent where it is most needed,” the Minister said.
“Gold Coast residents will benefit from additional emergency department and paediatric beds; a new older persons mental health unit, improved access to gastrointestinal endoscopy services; and funding to meet growth in emergency department presentations, outpatient appointments and surgical procedures.”
Mr Dick said the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service funding was part of a $1.28 billion boost to Queensland’s health budget, with the state-wide budget reaching $16.554 billion in 2017–18.
He said almost $14 billion would go to the state’s 16 hospital and health services and other organisations to provide more staff, programs and services.
“This is an 11 per cent increase on what was provided through the 2016–17 budget and represents 84 per cent of this year’s total Queensland Health operating budget,’’ Mr Dick said.
“The priority for this health budget is on frontline services and delivering on the Palaszczuk Government’s vision of making Queenslanders amongst the healthiest people in the world.’’
Significant investments for the Gold Coast in 2017-18 include:
  • $35.9 million in growth funding to meet projected increases in activity, addressing increasing emergency department presentations, outpatients and elective surgery;
  • $6.2 million state funding to support initiatives aimed at the reduction of specialist outpatient long waits including a focus on patients waiting for an Ear Nose and Throat appointment;
  • $5.9 million to deliver additional gastrointestinal endoscopies to meet the growth in demand associated with the national bowel screening program;
  • $4.6 million for the new Lavender Mother and Infant Inpatient Unit (4 beds);
  • $3.0 million to support the fourth and final year of the Integrated Care pilot program;
  • $2.0 million winter beds funding to assist with increases in emergency department presentations over the winter period; and
  • $2.0 million recurrent funding to commission an older persons bed unit.
Mr Dick said in 2017–18 the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service would be focussing on providing excellence in sustainable and evidence-based healthcare that meets the needs of the community and is guided by local patient needs.
He said the Health Service would also be focussed on ensuring patients for outpatient and elective surgery are seen and treated within recommended time frames.
“Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service is also preparing for the Commonwealth Games in 2018 and planning for the delivery of significant services in areas such as public health, designated hospital services, disaster preparedness and management responses,” he said.
“Gold Coast Health continues to work with Economic Development Queensland, City of Gold Coast and Griffith University on the development of the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct and legacy aspects of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Village site which is adjacent to the Gold Coast University Hospital.”
Mr Dick said the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service was performing well.
“In Gold Coast Health hospitals, 100 per cent of elective surgery patients across all categories were seen within the clinically recommended time frames,” he said.


Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
The Honourable Cameron Dick

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