SOUTH-WEST hospitals have received about $200 million in state government funding this financial year for patients services as part of a statewide $8 billion allocation.
While hospital managers welcomed the budget allocations, they said they faced a tough year with rising costs across the board.
The largest portion in this region is $101m for South West Healthcare’s Warrnambool and Camperdown campuses — a rise of 8.1 per cent on the previous financial year.
Western District Health Service at Hamilton scored $39.6m, up 4.4 per cent, Colac Area Health got $23.8m, up 4.3 per cent and Portland District Health got $23.3m, up 4.0 per cent.
The biggest increase was to Moyne Health Services where the $5.05m represent a 9.4 per cent rise.
Terang and Mortlake Health Services was allocated $7.01m, Casterton Memorial Hospital and Timboon and District Healthcare Service both scored about $4.5m and Heywood Rural Health Service $2.67m.
Health Minister David Davis said the money would enable hospitals to continue to treat record patient numbers. Western District Health Service chief executive John Fletcher that while the growth in services was welcome there would be challenges ahead with medical, surgical and utility costs and wages exceeding CPI plus federal cuts in residential aged care.
“This year’s budget for inpatients has been increased to $39.637m which includes a 2.71 per cent increase for cost of living increase for medical, surgical and general supplies, utility costs and wages,” he said. “We have also been allocated some growth funding for an additional inpatient bed to expand our rehabilitation program and funding to establish an outpatient falls and mobility clinic in Hamilton,” he said.
“Western District Health Service expects to reach all targets this financial year including the extra 365 bed days allocated to our inpatient rehabilitation program.”