South Australia's opposition government has called on the Labor party to develop a 20 year vision for the new Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH).
According to opposition health spokesman Martin Hamilton-Smith, the Weatherill government must consider the needs of the hospital – particularly its ageing infrastructure – beyond the current electoral cycle.
"Capital spending does not need to be budgeted for many years to come, but planning for a rebuild should be funded and completed early," he stated (March 5).
"It costs nothing to get the master plan right for the future."
Mr Hamilton-Smith believes that the relocation of Adelaide University's medical school, the Robinson Institute and the Women's and Children's Hospital needs to be considered.
Ideally, he would like the site of the new RAH to house the additional facilities, developing the 5,000 square metres of land surrounding the hospital into a health precinct for the capital city.
For South Australian residents looking for health care facilities outside of the public health system, private health insurance may offer policy holders access to shorter waiting times and the ability to choose their own doctor.
Health minister John Hill told local News Limited publication AdelaideNow that the government had been working on a strategy for the past five years.