NSW health funding unlikely to be rearranged: MP

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New South Wales is unlikely to have its Commonwealth health funding rearranged as the state government hasn't been a "problem child", Federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek says.

The federal government bypassed the Victorian Liberal government by saying it would pay $107 million directly to hospital administrators.

But Victoria has been penalised for the additional hospital funding, with Labor set to strip the state of $107 million in other Commonwealth payments.

Ms Plibersek says she doesn't foresee doing the same thing in NSW.

"Frankly the Victorian government are the worst health managers in Australia and I've had to step in there," she told AAP.

"I don't anticipate having to do that here in NSW ... I don't see NSW as a problem child."

Ms Plibersek said the extra money given to Victorian hospitals was taken from other areas of the Victorian health budget.

"This is not extra money from the Commonwealth government to Victoria," she said.

"It's the Commonwealth government stepping in and managing the budget for them."

Ms Plibersek said she had spoken to NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner to assure her that other states were not receiving preferential treatment.

"I confirmed to Jillian Skinner that there's not an extra cent in this for the Victorian government."

Ms Plibersek said she would be "looking at Queensland" to decide whether federal intervention was necessary.

"While we can't replace all of the money that Queensland have cut from their health budget, we can look at what we do with our dollars."

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