What's in Budget 2014 for health?

15 May 2014

A quick bullet point summary of what Budget 2014 brought for health and nursing:

  • Health funding in this year’s Budget has increased from $14.65 billion last year to $15.55 billion this year
  • This includes $348 million of new funding to cover cost pressures and population increases and new policy initiatives. (New initiatives are also being funded from $73.5 million of ‘reprioritised’ savings from health services funding)
  • Plus $640 million of capital funding including $439 million to refinance existing loans and $200 million towards new capital projects like hospital buildings

DISTRICT HEALTH BOARDS

  • About $275 million of the new funding (up from $250 million last year) is again earmarked to towards increased costs to district boards caused by inflation and population demands

ELECTIVE & OTHER SURGERY

  • $25 million a year extra for elective surgery (i.e. hip and knee replacements etc)
  • $2.5 million a year for extra bariatric surgery (for obesity)
  • $1 million for upping kidney transplant numbers

PRIMARY HEALTH STRATEGY

  • From July next year the free GP fees and prescriptions is to be extended to include all children under 13. ($30 million a year for three years has been set aside to cover this initiative.)
  • $2.5 million extra a year to support rural general practices
  • $3.3 million a year towards subsidising low cost doctors visits
  • Funding for this year only of $1.5 million for the new graduate nurse scholarships in very low cost access (VCLA) practices.

CHILD HEALTH and PROTECTION SERVICES

  • $1.6 million extra a year for national child health services i.e. Plunket and other Well Child health service providers
  • One-off $16.35 million in 2014-15 for implementing Children’s Action Plans to help protect vulnerable children and young people
  • Extra $13.66 million in 2014-15 for Child Youth and Family care and protection services
  • $2.5 million for implementing Vulnerable Children’s Bill

PUBLIC HEALTH INITIATIVES

  • $5 million new funding a year for fighting rheumatic fever including more drop-in sore throat clinics
  • $10 million a year for new Healthy Families NZ initiative to encourage healthier eating and more exercise

DISABILITY SERVICES

  • $24.8 million extra a year to meet cost pressures and demand for national disability support services
  • $24 million a year extra for home-based support for disabled people

MENTAL HEALTH

  • $5.2 million new funding a year for specialist support for sexual violence victims
  • $1.5 million this year and $2.35 million a year from 2015-16 for Youth One Stop Shops
  • $500,000 extra a year for mental health district inspectors

TRAINING

  • Extra $1.7 million this year for postgraduate education and training of doctors rising to $7.6 million in 2017-18
  • No extra health workforce training funding announced for nursing
  • Training targets set for 1081 trainees in nursing entry to practice programmes and 1601 postgraduate nursing training units

CANCER TREATMENT

  • Initial extra $1.2 million in 2015 but increasing to $5-6 million a year from 2015-16 for improving cancer treatment including 20 cancer support workers and six cancer centres with a specialist psychologist each
  • $8 million in 2014-15 to increase the number of colonoscopies carried out for bowel cancer screening