PRIVATE and community not-for-profit hospitals across the country are reeling under the financial pressure of the carbon tax after receiving no federal or state government support.
The federal government will increase funding to the states for public hospitals to help minimise the impost of its price on carbon.
But that financial assistance does not apply to the private sector and smaller health facilities in regional areas, already struggling to stay afloat, will be hit hardest.
Australian Private Hospitals Association chief executive Michael Roff said yesterday his group had found hospitals faced an increased cost of up to $1200 a bed annually in extra electricity costs because of the carbon tax.
“Yet there is no direct compensation from the government to private hospitals for those cost increases,” he said.