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Country Health SA

A healthy investment in Country Health SA

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World-class healthcare for all South Australians

In the 2017/18 State Budget, more than $840 million was announced for our country hospitals, a 2.5 per cent increase compared to the 2016-17 Budget.

In recent years we’ve seen the completion of some major projects, such as a new primary health care centre in Port Pirie, the Riverland General Hospital Mount Gambier Hospital and Port Lincoln Hospital redevelopments, a regional cancer centre at Whyalla and a nine-chair haemodialysis unit at Gawler.

By investing in health services closer to home, we’re ensuring country people can access medical care locally, rather than needing to travel long distances.

In addition, improving metropolitan hospitals will benefit those who live in the regional, rural and remote parts of our State.

Country patients account for around 16 percent of overnight admissions in metropolitan hospitals, including:

  • 15% of patients at Flinders Medial Centre
  • 17% of patients at Lyell McEwin Hospital
  • 5% of patients at Modbury Hospital
  • 11% of patients at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
  • 21% of patients at Women’s and Children’s Hospital
  • 9% of patients at Noarlunga Hospital
  • 24% of patients at Royal Adelaide Hospital

This means that they, and their families, are significantly impacted when their surgery is cancelled or postponed. Similarly, many country people have to travel to Adelaide for a 10-15 minute follow up appointment. Reducing elective surgery postponements and improving the way we use technology such as telehealth to link city specialists with country doctors and patients will improve the access and quality of care for country South Australians.

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