Funding for new equipment, services in Health budget (10/01/26)

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Jan. 26, 2010

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government will provide funding for rural dialysis services, new physicians and nurse practitioners in 2010-11. It will also make new investments in hospital services and major equipment.

These are among the highlights of the 2010-11budget estimates for the Department of Health.

"The provincial government is making record investments to ensure New Brunswickers receive high-quality health-care services at the right place, at the right time," said Health Minister Mary Schryer. "The department's ordinary budget has increased to $2.46 billion, or $82.8 million more than the revised 2009-10 estimates."

Schryer said the investments in 2010-11 will support the government's commitments within the provincial health plan; deliver benefits to patients; and ensure the sustainability of health care.

Highlights include:

The 2010-11 budget includes funding for a request for proposals (RFP) to acquire diagnostic imaging equipment at four hospitals:

"Access to diagnostic equipment is vital to the timely diagnosis and treatment of provincial residents," said Schryer. "This multi-million-dollar announcement represents one of the largest one-time purchases of new diagnostic imaging equipment in the province's history, and this will help ensure timely access to care. By strategically proceeding with a single RFP, we can maximize the potential for cost-savings."

The department's capital budget includes strategic investments to improve hospital infrastructure:


MEDIA CONTACT: Sonya Gilks, communications, Department of Health, 506-444-3506.