Health needs an extra $1.3b in the Budget to ‘stand still’ – union analysis
The Government needs to pump an extra $1.3 billion into health just to stand still, according to pre-Budget union analysis.
And that doesn’t take into account addressing unmet need – the people falling through the cracks between the public and private sectors – or the Government response to the Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry, which recommended drastically increasing access to services.
Released ahead of Thursday’s Budget, the joint paper from the Council of Trade Unions (CTU) and Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) estimated operational health spending would need to rise by $1.3b, or 7.7 per cent from 2018 levels to $18.2b to maintain current service levels.
This was to cover the cost of factors such as population growth, the impact of the ageing population, salary increases and general inflation. District health boards (DHBs) made up the lion’s share of the projected increase; the report estimated their combined budget needed to increase by about $1b to $14.2b