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Hospital and Health Finance in Queensland
A unique feature of hospital finance in Queensland is the operation of a state lottery known as the "golden casket." It is a veritable fairy godmother to struggling institutions. For the financial year 1927-1928 (to which period all subsequent amounts apply), the disbursement from the golden casket fund amounted to £335,610, of which £160,727 relieved the state government of approximately half its annual endowment of hospitals and ambulance brigades. The remainder of the disbursement was applied to the bush nursing association; an aboriginal hospital; the erection of maternity wards and baby clinics (£19,927); an aged people's home (£15,000); the purchase of official motor cars for baby clinic nurses; a hospital sewerage scheme, and a grant to the Queensland cancer campaign (£2,000).The golden casket is drawn as soon as 100,000 tickets at five shillings and threepence ($1.10) each are subscribed, which at present occurs
AUSTRALIA. JAMA. 1928;91(25):2008-2009. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02700250072027