Victorian Premier John Brumby is complaining that his State is funding 60% of the cost of running hospitals. The Commonwealth Government is paying 'only' 40%. He wants the Commonwealth Government to pay 50%.
Well there's an easy way to redress the imbalance; the Victorian Government can spend less of its budget on hospital funding.
At the moment the Victorian Government is allocating 28% of its budget to the medical industry. It's unsustainable, it's unnecessary. It's bankrupting the State and starving other areas of government responsibility of money.
The same thing is happening in the other States.
The main problem? People in dreadful shape are getting a free run into the hospital. It's an unsustainable problem.
The Prime Minister thinks the problem can be solved by throwing more Commonwealth Government money at it. He has another think coming.
Brumby and the rest of the Premiers don't have the intestinal fortitude to say 'No' to the medical industry, 'No' to people who can afford hospital care, now or in the future and cut back on their budget for medical care.
In the meantime stay tuned, highly tuned and mark my words, next year we'll go through this whole process again.
On the track
No track. Spent the day with a Seven Habits of Fit and Healthy seminar group out at the AIS. Not quite sufficient, but it's a long day and it will do. Did have a healthy morning tea (fruit) and a very healthy AIS salad lunch.