Public hospitals the big losers in Budget

Public hospitals will be hard hit by Tony Abbott’s “No Surprises” budget, with a $2 billion cut in funding and scrapping of incentives for tackling bed block and waiting times.

The AMA has also criticised the freeze on MBS rebates for specialist services, which have been introduced in addition to co-payments for GP and pathology services.

Analysts have predicted that hospital treatment waiting lists will blow out as the Commonwealth reduces its direct funding of public hospitals by $1.7 billion and