Wednesday, May 19, 2010

What the 2010 budget means for kiwis and their families...

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What the 2010 Budget means for Kiwis and their families...

Budget: increase in health spending:

DHBs will receive the lion's share of a $2.1 billion increase in health spending, mental health and disability services also get financial boosts

The Government will spend an extra $2.1 billion on health over the next four years.

District Health Boards will directly receive $1.4 billion extra over four years. Health Minister Tony Ryall says DHBs will also receive a large share of the extra funding going to targeted initiatives, such as elective surgery and medicines.

There will be a $40 million increase in spending on mental health over the next four years. Mr Ryall says in addition, it is expected DHBs will allocate $174 million to mental health from the new $1.4 billion.

Earlier this month, the Government announced $24 million of new spending over four years for a pilot programme to assess the feasibility of a national bowel cancer screening programme.

It says about $186 million over four years of lower priority spending has also been identified and shifted to high priority and frontline public health services. The new priorities include 20 new medical training places in 2010/11 and the second tranche of the Government's initiative to establish 200 new training places annually.

Funding for medicines will increase by $80 million over the next four years, with $40 million of this to be met from DHBs' budgets, and an extra $40 million being invested by the Government.

There will also be an extra $10.2 million in the current 2009/10 year for electives including cardiac surgery, an extra $51.5 million over the next four years for additional elective surgery and an extra $8 million over the next four years for breast reconstruction surgery.

Disability support funding boost:

The Government has announced an extra $93 million for disability support services over the next four years. Health Minister Tony Ryall says it means the Government is spending more than has ever been spent on disability support services.

Of the new funding, Mr Ryall says $72 million will improve access to disability support services and includes:

- $25.5 million for home and community support services. - $3.4 million for other disability support services. - $21 million for residential services for people with intellectual disabilities. - $7.9 million for supported independent living. - $2.7 million for respite care.

Disabilities Issues Minister Tariana Turia says it is welcome news for the people living with disabilities.

"I am delighted Budget 2010 has delivered on many of the commitments disabled people and their families have been seeking for some time."

Acknowledgements: © 2010 NZCity, NewsTalkZB

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