The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) study says the Commonwealth's share fell from 45 to 41 per cent while the state and territories' contribution rose to 51 per cent.So how does Abbott spin this damning evidence of criminal negligence?
The report also indicates there has been a slowing of the growth in overall health expenditure, with the amount of money spent rising just over 3 per cent in the 2005-2006 financial year.
Federal Health Minister Tony Abbott says the report shows the Commonwealth spends almost twice as much on health as the states and territories combined.WWWAAAAHHH! At least we are not as bad as those naughty states, according to our own rubbery figures in Costello's big budget book of bent statistics. But wait a minute, the study says the Commonwealth's share is now 41 per cent while the state and territories' contribution pay 51 per cent. So Abbott's claim doesn't even sound like it's true (I'm too sick today to hunt down the full details).
He says past federal budgets show the Government's increased spending on health.
Coming from the FEDERAL MINISTER FOR HEALTH, this is simply criminal obfuscation. The buck stops where, Tony???