A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will make sure more world-leading specialists in Ballarat can give local patients the high quality care they need, closer to home.

The Labor Government has turned small rural health services and major regional hospitals into flagship facilities doctors, nurses and patients can count on, with the single biggest fund ever dedicated to regional health infrastructure in Victorian history.

But there’s more to do. That’s why Labor will put more world-leading specialists in the regions, paving the way for 500,000 more specialist appointments in regional and rural Victoria over the next four years. In Ballarat, patients will be able to access 25,000 additional specialist appointments over the next four years.

Right now, many regional patients are required to travel to Melbourne for appointments and treatment, or face big out-of-pocket costs for a local private appointment.

With private specialist appointments costing between $175 and $565, this investment has the potential to save Victorian patients thousands of dollars. It will mean regional patients won’t be spending hours away from loved ones to access specialist care.

Labor will also establish an easy-to-access registry for GPs, with up-to-date information about individual hospital wait lists, so that country patients can be seen faster – and closer to home. 

The former Liberal Government went to war with our paramedics, causing the rate of ambulances arriving at Code 1 emergencies within 15 minutes to deteriorate to a record low of 73 per cent – the worst on the mainland.

We’ve ended the war and delivered the best ambulance response times on record. New data released today shows ambulances in Ballarat are now responding to 89.30 per cent of Code 1 incidents within 15 minutes, compared with 87.4 per cent for the same period 12 months prior.

Labor has invested record funding to make sure country patients don’t miss out and delivered $461.6 million to completely redevelop the Ballarat Base Hospital.

Quote attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“Four years ago I made a promise to fix the ambulance crisis and we have. But there’s more to do, and only Labor can be trusted to back our paramedics.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy

“Victorians can’t afford to go back to the days where patients were left dying because an ambulance couldn’t get there in time. Only Labor will give people confidence that in an emergency, they’ll get the life-saving care they need.”

Quote attributable to Labor Candidate for Buninyong Michaela Settle

“Good health care in regional areas is vital and only Labor will deliver world-leading care for patients in Ballarat.”

Quote attributable to Labor Candidate for Wendouree Juliana Addison

“Only Labor will ensure more patients in the Ballarat region get the specialist appointment they require when they need it.”

Quote attributable to Labor Candidate for Ripon Sarah De Santis

“Patients living in rural areas shouldn’t have to travel for hours to receive the very best care – we’re making sure they can access world-leading specialists closer to home.”

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