The NSW Government is to pay $3.3 million in hospital indemnities for childrens surgeries at three hospitals.
The Government will pay for the costs of the operations at Hutton Hospital, the Children’s Hospital of NSW and the Royal Children’s hospital in Alice Springs.
The payments, totalling about $4 million, will cover the cost of operations at two hospitals that were closed in October.
The payments are part of the Government’s response to the outbreak of coronavirus in NSW.
“These are the sort of things that hospitals are good at delivering,” Health Minister Josh Frydenberg said.
“It’s the hospitals that are in the frontline, who are getting the most treatment.”
He said the Government wanted to “put our stamp on these operations”.
“We want to make sure that these operations are being delivered to the right hospitals and in the right circumstances,” Mr Frydenber said.
Health Minister Josh Iggulden said he was confident the payments would be made.
“The funding will help keep these operations going,” he said.
The hospital payments are the first major payment to be announced by the Government following the coronaviruses outbreak.
The government has been working with a consortium of health authorities and health organisations to provide a range of financial support for the emergency services.
In a statement, Mr Fryenberg said the emergency funding was to be used for the care of children who were experiencing severe illness.
“We are committed to ensuring that our community is provided with the appropriate resources to meet the unique needs of children,” he wrote.
“All hospitals are working with our local community to provide the support and support they need.”
He said hospital staff were “on the frontline” and had been working to “address the issues and prevent further outbreaks”.
“This will be done in conjunction with the emergency management agency, Health and Emergency Services NSW, and the Department of Health.”
The announcement comes as the Government seeks to provide further financial support to emergency services across the state.
Health Minister Julie Bishop said the hospital indemnifications would “pay for a range, of operations that we have already provided in other states”.
“The hospitals have all worked closely together in order to deliver services for children, and we are confident that the funding will pay off for them,” she said.
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