24 February 2004
$20 Million Package Delivers 3000 More Operations
NSW Minister for Health Morris Iemma said the $20 million elective surgery package announced today would provide an extra 3073 operations to people across the State.
The package includes:
"We are focusing on procedures where demand is high and the outcome can be a remarkable improvement in quality of life," Mr Iemma said.
"This funding will ensure that more people over the next 18 months will experience life-changing surgery.
"For example, cataract surgery is a relatively simple procedure but the benefits to a person's lifestyle are immeasurable," Mr Iemma said.
"Similarly, we've allocated more than $15.5 million to perform an extra 1160 orthopaedic procedures.
"While average waiting times for elective surgery are improving, growing pressures on public hospitals increasingly lead to longer waits for non-urgent elective surgery.
"This $20 million package is about improving access to health care services particularly for people who have been waiting long periods to undergo their procedure," Mr Iemma said.
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