HALIFAX - The Nova Scotia departments of Health and Health Promotion and Protection say budgets for hospital-based services will increase in 2009-10.

 

All nine health authorities and the IWK Health Centre in Halifax will receive a four per cent increase to operational or non-wage budgets.

 

They will also receive full funding for wage and benefit increases.

 

The government says there will be another $10 million for medical equipment.

District health authorities and the IWK received $1.4 billion in 2008-09 for health-care budgets, including wages and benefits.