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Hospital Finance in Australia
The continual inadequacy of funds for public hospitals is reflected in the appeals for increased government grants and voluntary subscriptions and the shortage of bed accommodation. In New South Wales the minister for health recently stated in reply to a deputation that he could easily find immediate use for a million pounds in the liquidation of hospital overdrafts and the provision of urgently needed accommodation. In Queensland the situation is less formidable as a result of the financial benefit derived from a fortnightly state lottery that is conducted in the interests of medical charities. The tickets cost approximately $1 and the first prize is £5,000. In Victoria the shortage of hospital accommodation in the metropolis is acute. Analogous to the charity chest of some American cities, Melbourne has had for the past five years a central organization known as the lord mayor's fund, to which systematic
AUSTRALIA. JAMA. 1928;91(23):1818. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02700230058024