COVID-19 and private hospitals update
A partnership arrangement has been put in place between the Federal Government, state governments and private hospitals across the nation to deal with the coronavirus spread and the health care of all Australians.
We understand that the postponement of non-elective surgeries will impact on the operations and the funding model of our private hospitals and the viability of the sector.
Right now, we need our private hospitals to remain open and fully staffed and that should be the priority of every government.
The Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has announced today that the viability of every private hospital will be guaranteed by the Federal Government and then state government partnerships, while individual private hospitals will rely on other local source revenue.
In Queensland, the LNP stands ready to ensure that the Palaszczuk Labor Government signs up to and supports these important arrangements.
The LNP has always supported the value of our private hospital sector, which provides important health services and employs thousands of workers. Its why we already announced a plan to partner with the private sector to slash hospital waiting lists and get our hospitals working again.
We will continue to fight for and support Queensland private hospitals.