According to a recent article by the ABC, health is one of the biggest spending areas for Federal Government accounting for $64.4 billion or 16 per cent of the budget in 2013. However, with the many competing interests between healthcare organisations, research institutions and patients, the way in which these funds are spent is always a cause for much debate and scrutiny. With the federal elections only days away we have asked healthcare professionals in our LinkedIn group to share their opinion on what sector of the healthcare industry is in the most urgent need for additional funding. You can still cast your vote and share your thoughts here.
32% of respondents thought that Mental Health needs additional funds the most, followed closely by 27% who thought that DisabilityCare requires the more attention from the new government. 23% of poll participants would like to direct more means towards Aged Care while 14% would like to see additional funds allocated for hospital infrastructure upgrades. Only 4% of respondents think that eHealth requires further investment in the near future.
What do you think about the healthcare promises that have been made in the election campaign so far? Are the major parties focussing on the right issues? Share your thoughts in our LinkedIn group or leave a comment below.
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