Labor’s $48 million health fail

Today’s Auditor-General’s report shows that Victoria has missed out on up to $48 million in additional funding from the Federal Government because Daniel Andrews can’t manage what’s happening in public hospitals.

In a scathing report, the Auditor-General slammed the lack of oversight and management of practices relating to treating private patients in Victorian public hospitals. The report pointed out that the Department of Health and Human Services hadn’t even collected data from health services to know whether or not their billing practices were consistent with legislative requirements.

The Auditor-General estimated that a further $48 million could have been received in 2017-18 alone from the Federal Government, with the ability to receive more each year from the Commonwealth, had the Department of Health and Human Services had better oversight and billing practices in place.

This comes from the same Government that spent millions of dollars on their politically motivated “Fair Share” campaign, all the while they had dropped the ball, and lost nearly $50 million of health funding in one year alone.

If Labor spent more time focusing on delivering health services, and less time wasting taxpayers money on politically motivated campaigns, Victorians might be able get the health system they deserve.

Georgie Crozier MP

Shadow Minister for Health

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