How much Health funding is needed in Budget 2018 to maintain current service levels?
The Council of Trade Unions and ASMS have estimated the amount of money required to maintain public health services at their existing levels, and to improve services further. A joint CTU-ASMS analysis prepared ahead of the Government’s 2018 Budget estimates the Health vote’s operational expenses need to rise by around $805 million (or %5) simply to maintain the level of health service we already have. That figure climbs to $1,021 million (or 6.3%) when a number of the Government’s election commitments and additional costs such as pay equity for mental health and addiction care workers are taken into account. The full analysis is at http://www.union.org.nz/how-much-funding-does-health-need-in-budget-2018/.