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Federal government won’t increase its share of hospital funding despite state push for 50-50 split

Mark Butler says negotiations on a new national partnership agreement for hospitals would begin in 2023

The federal health minister, Mark Butler, says the commonwealth will not increase its share of hospital funding before the national partnership agreement with the states and territories expires in 2025.

Butler’s comments put an end to the states’ hopes of an urgent financial boost for their struggling hospital networks.

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