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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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TE lEBHHUai iHHigHai II II LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY o The Department of Health has allocated funding of $1.87 million for CAAAPU in 2012/13 for capital development. Operational funding is under negotiation. The service arrangements with CAAAPU will be in place for 18 months, during which time the planning and procurement for new purpose built facilities and services to cater for up to 50 assessment and treatment beds will be undertaken, o The Nhulunbuy Alcohol and Other Drugs Rehabilitation Service will provide up to 10 assessment and treatment beds using its existing facilities and staffing. Four additional FTE will be employed to bolster staffing ratios and clinical capacity, o $310 000 has been allocated for building modifications including new fencing, video conferencing facilities, a generator and new cold store. DoH Savings Strategies 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 external parties for no charge o Identification and billing of compensable patients and ineligible patients o Improved identification of interstate patients using NT health services. Currently all savings measures (including revenue) are on track for the 2012/13 financial year. Total savings achieved for mini budget in 2012/13 is 12.651 million. The mini budget savings strategies will continue into 2013/14 with a full year achievement of $41,283 million planned, split between $32,783 million in savings and $8.5 million in revenue.

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