15 May 2013

Health sector braces for tight Budget

7:13 am on 15 May 2013

Doctors, nurses and other health professsionals are expecting continued belt-tightening in the Budget.

They expect overall funding will rise as usual, but believe it is unlikely to be enough to address growing demand for health services.

Health sector funding was lifted to $14.1 billion a year in last year's Budget.

The Medical Association says times are tight but it hopes extra funding this time will target smoking, alcohol and obesity.

The Nurses Organisation says extra funding already earmarked for aged care and dementia in the Budget won't go far enough, and a bigger boost is needed to provide better staffing in that sector.

Disability support group CCS Disability Action hopes the Government will announce long-awaited details of a new policy on paying family members who care for their adult disabled children.

The Council of Trade Unions says health funding will remain stretched.