SELECT COMMITTEE ON HEALTH
16 December 2015
Mr Phil Bowen PSM FCPA
Parliamentary Budget Officer
Parliamentary Budget Office
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Dear Mr Bowen
Request for submission - Senate Select Committee on Health
I am writing on behalf of the Senate Select Committee on Health. The committee has agreed to request from the Parliamentary Budget Office a submission in relation to Commonwealth funding of public hospitals.
The committee has recently held public hearings on this topic in Melbourne, Cairns, Rockhampton, and Sydney.1 Further to the evidence received during these hearings, the secretariat has been researching funding figures for states and territories, particularly for the period 2017-18 to 2024-25 during which Commonwealth funding will change from activity-based funding to block funding indexed to CPI and population growth. There does not appear to be a single comprehensive source of this information. The secretariat's broad findings are at Attachment A.
Drawing information from different sources may create difficulties, including the possibility that groups may be calculating the change in Commonwealth funding differently. In order to obtain reliable information, the committee has agreed to request the following information from the Parliamentary Budget Office:
The reductions in Commonwealth hospital funding for 2017-18 to 2024-15 as a result of funding changing to indexation by CPI and population growth (by state) as part of the cancellation of the National Health Reform Agreement (NHRA)
- The reductions in Commonwealth hospital funding from 2014-15 to 2017-18 caused by the removal of funding guarantees under the NHRA (by state)
- The reductions in overall Commonwealth health funding between 2014-15 and 2024-25 caused by the cancellation of health-related National Partnership Agreements (by state).
Please contact me on 02 6277 3598 if you have any queries regarding this matter.
1 For transcripts from the committee's hearing between 4 and 27 November, see the committee's website: