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Budget focused more on hospitals than disease prevention

Posted on: Fri 21 Sep 2018

The State Government has committed much of its health funding in State Budget 2018-19 to hospital services and disease treatment programs.

However, there is a lack of investment in disease prevention or health and wellbeing initiatives to keep people well and out of hospitals.

This is on top of funding cuts to Shine SA’s HIV and STI prevention and sexual health services, the discontinuation of Centacare’s individualised support program for people with HIV, and the defunding of Health Consumers Alliance of South Australia.

Professor Fran Baum, Director of the Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity at Flinders University, speaks to Small Change‘s Lisa Burns about her reaction to these health investments and funding cuts.

Produced by Lisa Burns

Image supplied and approved for use by SACOSS

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