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Improving access to care

If you’re injured or unwell, you shouldn't have to spend hours in the car travelling for care.

Two nurses talking in a hospital

It's why this year's Budget invests in ensuring more Victorians can access the healthcare they need, closer to home.

That includes an extra $2.3 billion to support the two million patients expected to be admitted to our hospitals in the next 12 months.

The Budget also includes:

Specialist appointments for regional and rural Victorians

$136 million for an extra 500,000 specialist appointments for regional and rural Victorians, allowing patients to spend less time travelling to access specialist care, and more time with their loved ones.

Upgrading digital clinical technology

$13 million to upgrade digital clinical technology, including diagnostic imaging, patient management systems and electronic medical records, ensuring patients are getting the care they need sooner.

Urgent care centre on Phillip Island

$11.4 million for an urgent care centre on Phillip Island, giving local families peace of mind that care is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

Victorian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme

$2.6 million to continue the Victorian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme, providing travel and accommodation support to rural and regional Victorians who need to travel long distances for specialist medical care.

In-home care and specialist palliative services

The Victorian Government is determined to make sure Victorians with a terminal illness have the compassionate care they deserve. This Budget invests $71.9 million to continue our support for patients at the end of their lives, including a 24-hour support line and in-home care and specialist palliative services for patients in regional Victoria.

National Centre for Farmer Health

An additional $4 million will ensure farmers can continue to rely on vital care from the National Centre for Farmer Health, an Australian-wide leader in health, wellbeing and safety.

Reviewed 24 May 2019