Despite a tripling in health expenditure, the number of patients receiving access to public hospital services in Canberra is lagging, Shadow Minister for Health Vicki Dunne said today.
“For years, the ACT government has been assuring the community that Canberra’s health system is improving, but the latest Productivity Commission’s report of government services on health reveals the opposite is true,” Mrs Dunne said today.
“This debacle over health data, stretches back to 2010 and as today’s report reveals, still persists.
“In the last year, while non-salary costs have gone up 50 per cent,* the number of patients seen has only gone up seven per cent.** And total costs have gone up 30 per cent.*
“My concern is that despite a triple in health expenditure, the number of patients receiving the appropriate level of care is lagging.
“Our services aren’t improving; we are seeing clear bottlenecks for patients accessing treatment services.
“Bottlenecks lead to increased waiting times, risking bad outcomes for patients.
“Ultimately, this could be a case of top-heavy bureaucratic administration that has lost touch with the immediate needs of patients.
“In any event, the only consistency that this government offers Canberrans is: pay more, get less,” Mrs Dunne concluded.
* Report on government services public hospitals Table 12A.1
** Report on government services public hospitals Table 12A.6