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5.1 Department of Health Answers to Written Questions



5.1 Department of Health Answers to Written Questions

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Tabled paper 357


Tabled Papers for 12th Assembly 2012 - 2016; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT




Tabled by Robyn Lambley


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TTIT lEaaiasaiIBiMBII b ni LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY WRITTEN QUESTIONS TEMPLATE - ESTIMATES HEARINGS 2013 QUESTION NO WQ: Office Use Only DATE SUBMITTED 27 May 2013 TO PORTFOLIO Health BUDGET OUTPUT Various FROM QUESTION WQ 0.24 Full details including impact statements and implementation plans on all agency savings identified within the December 2012 mini budget and the May 2013 budget. Mini Budget Saving Strategies include: Labour cost substitution strategies. These strategies relate to : o reduction in agency staff usage o reduction in locum usage o unnecessary overtime reduction o revised rostering practices o increase in permanent staff to offset overtime, agency and locum costs Reduction in non frontline administration - further non frontline efficiencies will be achieved for implementation of a new services framework and boards of management. Reduction in overhead costs including o Reduction in fleet, and cost containment o Implementation of travel restrictions o Review of ICT devices and implementation of restrictions Imposition of general efficiency charge of 2% across all health services on operating expenditure One-off NGO saving of 1.25% of last quarter payment for all NTG funded grants. Own source revenue generation including: o Medicare billing for outpatient services o Billing for inpatient services for patients with private health insurance o Billing for theatre prosthetics and consumables for patients with private health insurance o Medicare billing for radiology servicers o Pathology billing in line with PBS reforms ______o Introduction of commercial billing practices for noncore services currently provided to

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