Queensland Budget Summary 2021-22
Wednesday, 16 June 2021
The Queensland State Budget for 2021-22 was handed down on 15 June, and maintained a focus on preventive health, crediting the health of the population for economic success.
The State Treasurer (and former Health Minister), Cameron Dick MP, used his Budget Speech to state “Our economy is succeeding only because we have protected the health of Queenslanders. The right health response enables our economy to recover and grow with confidence.”
The COVID expenditure in the health system will be retained in the coming year, as part of the Health Operational Budget. The total Operational funding will increase by 13 per cent over two years.
The headline budget expenditures for health this year are:
- Increased funding of $482.5 million in 2021–22 for measures to reduce pressure on emergency patient flow through public hospitals, elective surgery and specialist outpatient waitlists;
- Funding of $168 million in 2021–22 for the continuation of the COVID-19 health response, including the vaccination program.
- $70 million for the Building Rural and Remote Health Program to upgrade health infrastructure in regional Queensland.
- Preventive health agency Health and Wellbeing Queensland’s budget increases from $38 million to $46 million.
- $2 billion has been allocated for a new hospital building fund aimed at easing pressure on the state’s struggling health system.
- $265 million will be spent on seven satellite hospitals providing virtual health services including patient literacy and care coordination .
- Schools will also receive funding for 464 wellbeing professionals, some GPs in schools, with $100 million expenditure over 3 years.
The Budget provides a framework document for expenditure, so there is still a lot of detail to be disclosed.
The recognition of the importance of better hospital care, general population health, and a focus on prevention of chronic conditions however are positive indicators, and point to an intention of the Government to continue to improve our preventive health system and work on the problems that are currently present in our hospitals. That is good news for people living with diabetes, and those at risk of developing the condition.