The Australian government's 2017-18 budget claims to provide record levels of financial assistance to state governments to deliver public hospital services, from $13.8 billion in 2013-14 to an estimated $22.7 billion in 2020-21.

The 2017-18 Victorian budget complements this investment, aiming to provide us with ‘health care when we need it.’ This includes $162.7 million allocated to the Northern Hospital inpatient infrastructure redevelopment, $69.8 million jointly to Austin and Royal Melbourne Hospitals to upgrade key infrastructure, $63.2 million to upgrade the Monash Medical…