Prime minister Julia Gillard has announced improvements to Maroondah hospital as part of a nation wide health reform plan.
The improvements are expected in the areas of emergency treatment, elective surgery and an increase in sub-acute beds.
Ms Gillard says that new targets will provide better levels of care – such as a commitment by 2015 to treat 90 per cent of patients visiting the emergency treatment ward within four hours of arriving.
Elective surgery is set to be improved with an agreement made to treat 100 per cent of patients within the clinically recommended timeframes by 2016.
A total of 20 sub-acute beds are scheduled to be added.
The government has committed to permanently pay for 45 per cent of hospital developments in 2014-15.
Funding shared between the state and the Commonwealth is expected to raise the general standard of care in Australia.
Increased resources mean that many more private health cover patients will have greater options for hospital care in a number of regions.
With health reforms to continue, policy holders should keep abreast of hospital developments – such as new or improved services becoming available – as they may wish to adjust their health insurance extras to take full advantage.