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End of 50-50 hospital funding deal with states to have ‘devastating’ impact, Australia’s peak bodies say

State health ministers had sought to extend pandemic arrangement on Covid-related costs to 2025

The Albanese government’s decision to allow a 50-50 Covid-related health funding deal with the states to expire will have a “devastating” impact on hospitals, Australia’s peak medical bodies say.

And those at the coalface warn burnout among medical professionals has reached the point that the country’s medical system may never return to its pre-pandemic state.

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