Sunday, June 05, 2005

Bracks on Health Care - Spend More, Get Less

If increased your spending at the supermarket by 54 per cent then you would expect to walk away with more, not less, groceries, wouldn't you?

If you are part of Bracks' disastrous health department, apparently not. Instead, although they have increased spending by 54 per cent, the number of hospital beds has dropped by 212 since 1999 when the Bracks government came in to power.

In even more worrying news, the Victorian Liberals highlighted this in a press release a week and a half ago and still not one media outlet has picked up on this.

I guess the question everyone wants answered is, where are our taxes going? Where is that extra 54% going?


At 9:15 PM, Blogger Tickled pink said...

I can give you a clue about where some health dollars go under the Bracks government, having seen what happens from the inside of a health service.

It goes on secret performance bonuses, overseas travel, expensive public relations activities, entertaining, grog, and holding rigged inquiries.

At 5:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it possible to check out the same details on

Is it possible to check out Queensland Health details as with Victoria Health? Number of beds?
If so how?

Worried sick

Patel Country


At 9:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nurses union hack on radio this morning whining that 26-week long service leave enjoyed by state funded nurses will be cut back to 13 weeks under new Fed regs. Well, boo-friggin-hoo. Private industry workers whose taxes pay state nurses wages and conditions get only 13 weeks. Why should government lackies get twice as much?

At 9:57 PM, Blogger Sukrit Sabhlok said...

Neither the Liberals nor Labor seem to be proposing much for health besides throwing money at the problem. The Liberals, who are supposed to stand for minimal government interference, won't open up healthcare to market forces and allow competition to keep prices for patients low. Nor will Labor. But at least, I suppose, the Liberals will do something more than Labor in terms of microeconomic reform.

That's why I'll vote for Doyle's Liberals (if he's still around as leader in 2006!).

The reason most people will continue voting for Labor at the State level and Liberal at Federal is because the Liberals are demonstrably better at managing the economy, but Labor in the states keeps some restraint on the Federal Liberal's hubris. Especially after July 1, this tendency won't change any time soon. Though I'm always hoping it will.


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