WORK has begun on the controversial $6.38 million super clinic, despite opposition from some local business and political interests.
The first "sod" was turned on Monday when federal Labor MP Mike Kelly joined mayor John Cahill at an official ceremony.
The facility is federally-funded and will allow health professionals to deliver a multi-disciplinary range of health services in a comfortable, purpose-built environment.
It will include specialised consulting rooms, acute-care areas and teaching spaces to help build relationships with training institutions and grow the local health workforce.
However, Cr Cahill has expressed preference for a small hospital, instead of a super clinic. The federal Opposition has slammed the facility as part of a 'failed" program.
And local businessman Bruce Marshall has called for the super clinic to be scrapped, saying the community will receive no appreciable improvement in medical services. He said the project had been mismanaged.
Nevertheless, Dr Kelly said the super clinic was expected to include a GP, nurses and allied health professionals.
"There has been steady progress made since we announced the initial $5.5million in federal funding, and I was delighted to win an additional $880,000 in July to really boost the range of services we can offer," Dr Kelly said.
"The super clinic will provide patient-centred services and have a strong focus chronic disease management and preventative health.
"The additional $880,000 has also ensured that acute care will available to locals and the large number of visitors we get during the tourist season, relieving pressure on Cooma Hospital."
Dr Kelly said the Super Clinic would be equipped to take full advantage of the National Broadband Network and the tele-health possibilities it will open up.
"A facility like this will be a massive boost to health services in Jindabyne, particularly when we plug it into the NBN.
"Right now, patients have to travel to Cooma, Canberra or Sydney to see a specialist. With the NBN - as trials right now are showing us - patients will be able to consult specialists from right here in Jindabyne.
"We have already created Medicare item numbers for these online consultations, and we can't even imagine the range of possibilities having super-fast broadband in facilities like this will bring us."
The Snowy River GP Super Clinic will provide bulk-billing for all healthcare card-holders, children under 16, pensioners, patients managed under a chronic disease program, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients.