Australia Qld funds health, cuts capital spending

09:10  11 june  2021
09:10  11 june  2021 Source:   aap.com.au

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Health spending measures the final consumption of health care goods and services (i.e. current health expenditure) including personal health care (curative care, rehabilitative care, long-term care, ancillary services and medical goods) and collective services (prevention and public health services as well as health administration), but excluding spending on This indicator is presented as a total and by type of financing (“Government/compulsory”, “Voluntary”, “Out-of-pocket”) and is measured as a share of GDP, as a share of total health spending and in USD per capita (using economy-wide PPPs).

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The Queensland government will invest an extra $100 million in regional health and aged care, but slash capital spending by $147 million in the next week's budget.

a man wearing a suit and hat: Qld Treasurer Cameron Dick says an extra $100m will help deliver health services across the state. © Darren England/AAP PHOTOS Qld Treasurer Cameron Dick says an extra $100m will help deliver health services across the state.

Treasurer Cameron Dick says $100 million in new funding will go towards regional health and aged care, mostly in the state's remote southwest corner, in next Tuesday's budget.

"One of the most fundamental lessons we learned about COVID is that if first you protect the health of your people, then your economy and jobs will grow," he told AAP.

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Gross fixed capital formation in the health care system. Expenditure by disease, age and gender under the System of Health Accounts (SHA) Framework. Medical goods spending by disease (ICD). Current health spending by age.

"That is what we see in Queensland today – an economy that is roaring back to life.

"Not in spite of our disciplined focus on getting the health response right – but precisely because of it.

"And in a state as large and decentralised as Queensland it's vital we deliver those services to Queenslanders right across the state, no matter where they live."

The treasurer said of that $100 million, about $70 million will be invested in aged care and health infrastructure in Camooweal, St George, Morven, Charleville and Blackwater.

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Another $12.5 million will be spent on aged care in the Indigenous community of Woorabinda, $12.4 million for health care in Windorah and $7.2 million on healthcare in Moura.

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Consumer health -care spending fell 18% in the first quarter, as the coronavirus put non-emergency health -care services on hold. Some states are allowing elective surgery to resume, but health executives are not sure how quickly demand will rebound. In March more than 42,000 health -care jobs were cut , the first decline since January 2014, which saw roughly 1,000 health -care job losses. Dentists' offices saw the biggest declines, with 17,000 job cuts , followed by 12,000 job losses at physicians' offices.

While there's a boost to regional health care funding, the government's capital expenditure will drop sharply in 2021/22.

Public spending on roads, railways, ports energy and government-owned corporations will the cut by $147 million, almost 1.0 per cent, to $14.68 billion this year.

Mr Dick says the fall from last year's $14.83 billion spend is due to COVID-19 stimulus programs being wound back this financial year.

"Well obviously we had to make a significant stimulus investment, a significant stimulus injection in the year of COVID, which is what we did in our last budget," he said.

The treasurer has also lowered his forecast for capital expenditure over the next four years.

In the 2020/21 budget, capital expenditure was set to be $56.03 billion over the forward estimates.

Mr Dick says this year's budget forecast is $52.21 billion between 2021/22 and 2024/25.

That's a projected annual outlay of $12.05 billion after the current financial year, down from the $13.7 billion per year envisaged after 2020/21 in the last budget.

The cut in spending will help address the total government debt, which is forecast to reach almost $130 billion by 2023/24.

The treasurer said the Labor government would still be spending $50 billion over the forward estimates, which was a 2020 election pledge.

"Maintaining a strong capital programme will ensure Queensland's economic recovery continues to gather momentum, while at the same time positioning the economy to capitalise on key opportunities to facilitate longer term growth," Mr Dick added.

The Queensland state budget is due to be handed down on Tuesday morning.

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