In Victoria, our health system has been stretched like never before. Increases in patients with COVID‑19 are just one part of the picture: the pandemic also disrupted care, slowed down recovery times, and saw people putting off visits to their GP. All of this has put huge demand on our hospitals and healthcare professionals.
We’ve worked hard to ease that unprecedented pressure on the system. Last year, we launched our Pandemic Repair Plan for more staff, better hospitals and first‑class care.
This is included in the $54 billion we’ve invested in our healthcare system – as well as the workers we need to run it – since coming to government in 2014.
We’ll keep investing in health, so Victorians can get the very best of care – where and when they need it. This Budget provides a further $4.9 billion to build and upgrade hospitals, boost healthcare services and give our healthcare workforce the support they need.
New and improved hospitals
This Budget invests in building hospitals, supporting our health system to meet growing demand and support our hardworking healthcare workers to ensure Victorians get the care they need close to home.
Specialist equipment and care
When you or a loved one are waiting on a diagnosis, rapid access to a PET scan can make all the difference.
Supporting our healthcare workforce
Every Victorian who’s ever been a patient or had a loved one in hospital knows the value of our nurses, midwives, paramedics, doctors and allied health professionals.
Boosting emergency care
Our paramedics do an incredible job. Victorians deeply value the work that they do, looking after our loved ones and saving lives – 365 days a year.
Investing in women's health
Women and girls make up more than half of our population. And yet their health is somehow seen as a ‘niche issue’.
Caring for older Victorians
We all deserve to be looked after in our later years. We’ll keep investing to ensure Victorians are treated with respect as they age.
Reviewed 21 May 2023