A record amount of funding has been given to health care services in the recently released NSW budget.
Jillian Skinner, health minister, has estimated that over 100,000 people in NSW can now be treated in hospital wards and emergency departments, or receive planned surgery because of the funding.
This is fantastic news for those with private health insurance, as it will mean even more health services are open and easily accessible to them.
A total of $884 million is being invested in the NSW's health system. It will go towards improving a variety of areas in this all-important sector.
In particular, $220 million will be used to combat "increased activity" in NSW's health care facilities.
It has been predicted that an extra 69,000 people will be treated in emergency departments around the state in 2013. On top of this, an expected 34,000 more patients will be admitted to hospitals. Approximately 3,000 additional surgeries will also be performed this year.
This funding will also enable more intensive care services for infants, children and adults to be made available.
An impressive $51 million has been allocated to see high-quality research into medical innovations and life-saving devices continue.
Plans for better integrated care – namely the fostering of new partnerships between the not-for-profit and private sectors of NSW's health care system – should also come to fruition, thanks to a monetary-boost of $30 million.
Ms Skinner said that she was "especially pleased" with the budget's emphasis on integrated care.
She revealed that strengthening bonds and lines of communication between different parts of the health care system outside NSW's hospitals (such as primary, aged and community health care providers) was paramount.
"This is the future of modern healthcare systems," said Ms Skinner.
By providing patients with more options, integrated care allows patients to get the medical treatments they require where and when they need them.
"Many times that will be in a person’s own home or in the community, rather than in a hospital," explained Ms Skinner.
This is one of features integrated care and health insurance share.
A family health insurance policy will give you many more health care options, such as where you will receive medical treatment and which doctor will administer this treatment if the need arises.
HICA can assist you in choosing the policy that best suits you with a private health insurance comparison.