A number of major hospitals across Australia are seeing their hospital funding rise at a faster pace than in recent years.
Key points:There are now 10 hospitals with an annual growth rate of more than 10 per cent and 10 others that are on track for a similar trendAuckland University Hospital, Western Sydney Hospital, The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, and Sydney Children’s Hospital have all seen increases in hospital funding, while Sydney Childrens Hospital’s funding has gone up by more than 20 per cent.
The growth is seen in areas such as cardiac, radiology and psychiatry and also in the paediatrics, paediatric intensive care and trauma departments, with the Auckland Hospital being particularly notable for its increase.
But it is the two hospitals in New South Wales and Victoria where the growth has been the most significant.
There are currently 10 hospitals in Australia that have an annual average growth rate greater than 10.5 per cent, while the average growth for all hospitals in Victoria is 10.1 per cent over the past 12 months.
The rise in funding is mainly driven by the large increase in the number of patients admitted to hospital.
In New South Australia, the growth in hospital beds has been greater than anywhere else in the country.
In Victoria, there has been an increase in hospital bed numbers in the past year and that has led to a more rapid increase in funding.
Victoria’s government has increased its funding for hospitals by 5.5 times from $1.9 billion to $5.8 billion.
New South Wales, on the other hand, has seen an increase of only 2.5% in funding, with a smaller decrease of 3.5%.
What are the causes of rising funding?
Victoria’s growth in funding has coincided with a number of different factors.
The cost of caring for patients is higher than it was when the Victorian Government was in power.
While there are many reasons why the number is higher, the main one is the increase in patient population.
Victoria is now home to more than one million patients, the second largest in the world behind the United States, with more than 12 million residents.
This number has grown by about 15 per cent in the last 12 months, with hospital beds growing by an average of 6.3 per cent per year.
The increase in bed numbers has also led to increased costs for the state and federal governments, particularly in the treatment of acute and chronic conditions.
The Victoria Health Department says that since 2011, it has spent $3.2 billion more on treating acute and acute-care conditions than in the same period of 2011-12.
Victoria has also seen an increasing number of people dying at the hands of the drug fentanyl.
According to a recent report by the Commonwealth Government, the number deaths involving fentanyl has increased by 7.8 per cent from March 2016 to May 2017.
In Melbourne, the rate of overdose deaths in the city has also increased by about 30 per cent since April.
The state’s increase in spending on treating drug-related overdose deaths is also due to a number inefficiencies and shortcomings in the system.
In recent years, Victoria has introduced a number on-the-spot sanctions, where users can pay to have their substance tested, and has made changes to the way that drug dealers are dealt with.
These changes have resulted in a reduction in drug-induced deaths, although the increase is still very high.
Victoria Health also has an increase and fall in emergency department visits for drugs, which have risen by nearly 10 per% in the 12 months to May.
The number of emergency department admissions has also risen by around 2 per cent each year.