A study compiled by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare – titled the "Australian Hospital Statistics 2011-12" report – demonstrates that Victorian public hospitals are top in the country when it comes to emergency patient treatment.
Victoria's health minister, David Davis, revealed the results of the report in a statement on Friday (April 19). He said that all those who contribute to health care and hospital services in his state "are working to treat patients as quickly and efficiently as possible".
He added that Victoria "has the most efficient cost for delivering services", which is a distinction the state has now boasted for two years running. The average medical labour costs per patient in Victoria's public hospitals ($975) are well below those of other states (such as $1,185, which is the next lowest and belongs to New South Wales).
Mr Davis, however, has indicated that Victoria's 151 public hospitals will soon be facing major challenges due to health funding cuts. He also expects a significant increase in the quantity of Victorians (particularly the elderly) requiring emergency and hospital care in the near future.
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