HEALTH Minister Michael Ferguson has invited health economist Martyn Goddard – A TT regular analyst since 2012 (all Martyn’s articles here) – to contribute to plans to help the sector’s recovery after the analyst accused the Government of breaking election promises on health in its first Budget.
Mr Goddard said the investment in health in the Hodgman Government’s first Budget would not be enough to keep up with demand.
“The $76 million for elective surgery over four years [announced three years ago and re-announced many times since] will not be enough to shorten waiting lists,” Mr Goddard said yesterday.
He also raised concerns about surgeons and physicians pushing to reach “special deals” in light of a statewide pay freeze.
“These special deals were a major cause of the blowout in doctor costs between 2010-11 and 2012-13, when doctor numbers went down by 21 per cent but the cost of paying each remaining doctor went up by 32 per cent,” he said.
Mr Ferguson urged Mr Goddard to work with the new Government.
“We are doing in health exactly what Mr Goddard has been calling for over years — looking at the costs behind the health service to ensure we are delivering as efficiently as we can,” he said.
• Ed: At the time of publication, no invitation from the Health Minister had been received by Martyn Goddard …