High­lights from health care spending in Bud­get 2010:

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• over­all health bud­get is $2.7 bil­lion

• $5 mil­lion to con­tinue im­ple­ment­ing the rec­om­men­da­tions of the Com­mis­sion of In­quiry on Hor­mone Re­cep­tor Test­ing Re­port.

• $3.2 mil­lion to cover the cost of 10 new drug ther­a­pies un­der the New­found­land and Labrador pre­scrip­tion drug pro­gram, in­clud­ing can­cer drugs.

• $197,000 in op­er­a­tional fund­ing for a ra­dio­phar­ma­cist and a pro­gram di­rec­tor to be­gin plan­ning for the new positron emis­sions to­mog­ra­phy (PET) scan­ner at East­ern Health.

• $31.6 mil­lion for re­pairs and ren­o­va­tions to ex­ist­ing health care fa­cil­i­ties.

• $125.1 mil­lion for new construction and re­de­vel­op­ment.

• $52.2 mil­lion for new equip­ment.

• $797,700 for an ex­pan­sion of the cov­er­age for the cur­rent in­sulin pump ther­apy pro­gram, to in­clude adults from the ages of 18 to 25 years old.

• $1.1 mil­lion to de­crease wait time for surgery by in­creas­ing the num­ber of op­er­at­ing rooms in the East­ern Health re­gion.

• $1.2 mil­lion to en­hance sur­gi­cal ser­vices at West­ern Memo­rial Hospi­tal.

• $413,000 to en­hance hy­per­baric medicine at the Health Sciences Cen­tre.

• $2 mil­lion for the plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment of an adult res­i­den­tial ad­dic­tions treat­ment cen­tre in Har­bour Grace.

• $606,000 to en­hance the med­i­cal trans­porta­tion as­sis­tance pro­gram, al­low­ing re­im­burse­ment of mileage at a rate of 16 cents per kilo­me­tre for use of pri­vate ve­hi­cles when el­i­gi­ble med- ical travel ex­ceeds 5,000 kilo­me­tres within a 12-month pe­riod.

• $2.4 mil­lion for con­tin­ued plan­ning and construction of a new res­i­den­tial treat­ment cen­tre for chil­dren and youth with com­plex men­tal health needs and/or be­hav­ioral is­sues to be lo­cated in St. John’s.

• $2 mil­lion to fur­ther a new res­i­den­tial treat­ment cen­tre in Grand Falls-Wind­sor for chil­dren and youth with ad­dic­tions.

• $800,000 to con­tinue fund­ing the hu­man pa­pil­lo­mavirus im­mu­niza­tion pro­gram for ado­les­cent fe­males.

• $500,000 for the plan­ning, de­sign and re­de­vel­op­ment of a new pri­mary health care cen­tre to serve peo­ple north of Marys­town.

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