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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 21 September 2006) . . Page.. 3082 ..

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

It is not possible to determine the exact cost of the 9,071 elective surgery operations performed in ACT public hospitals in 2005-06 due to the nature of the services provided. Most of our operating theatres, in general, manage emergency and elective patients during each session.

Based on detailed cost estimates, the estimated cost of the 9,071 elective procedures performed during 2005-06 was $76.4 million.

As noted in (1) above, it is not possible to provide an exact split between funding sources. The average split of funding sources for ACT services is:

55% direct funding from ACT Government sources

22% funding from the Commonwealth under the Australian Health Care Agreement (which is the return of ACT taxpayer funds)

12% from all other sources including private health insurance, self funded patients, the Commonwealth Department of Veterans’ Affairs and other revenues

see (c) above.

In addition to the above, NSW provided approximately 11% of total hospital costs under the agreement between NSW and the ACT for the management of cross-border flows (under the Australian Health Care Agreement).

Under the Australian Health Care Agreement 2003-08 between the ACT and the Commonwealth all access to public hospital services is on the basis of clinical need alone.

The ACT Government provided $331.3m for acute services in 2005-06.

Personal carers

(Question No 1169)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 15 August 2006:

What is the Government doing to address the problems identified in the findings of a research study conducted by Dr Tony Jones at the Australian National University on 141 personal carers;

Will the Government consider introducing a training program for personal carers in the areas of (a) aged care, (b) mental illness and (c) dementia; if so, when is it likely to be introduced; if not, why not;

Will the Government consider establishing an organisation or body to register and monitor personal carers; if so (a) what will be the organisational structure of this body and (b) when is it likely to established; if not, why not.

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