Paul Keith has joined calls for Milton-Ulladulla Hospital to be upgraded, after he was shuffled between Milton-Ulladulla and Shoalhaven Hospital four times in two days.
"Our hospital system is crazy," he said.
"It's not big enough for the area, and nurses are being run off their feet."
Mr Keith, who is the president of the Ulladulla Aboriginal Lands Council, presented at Milton-Ulladulla Hospital with pain in his side.
"I'd recently had cancer surgery, and they weren't sure what it was," he said.
"So they sent me to Nowra, where I spent 24 hours in the emergency department before they sent me back to Milton.
"At Milton they said I had broken ribs and had to be sent back to Nowra."
Mr Keith said he was in Shoalhaven Hospital for eleven days, and was shuffled between wards because the hospital couldn't keep up with the number of patients.
"I had to stay four days for a bone scan, because you can't get in otherwise," he said.
"We need a CT scanner down here."
Mr Keith said there wasn't enough funding for the region's ageing population.
"The population is growing, more of them are elderly, yet services are being reduced," he said.
"Funding isn't getting down here, there aren't enough staff. And forcing mum's to go to Nowra [to give birth] - that's crazy."
Earlier in September, South Coast MP Shelley Hancock said she was disappointed at the decision of the local health district and Health Minister to not proceed with a CT scanner at Milton-Ulladulla hospital.
"I'm very disappointed with the outcome, very disappointed for those who are so committed to fundraising and so committed to actually achieving for their community and it seems like I've let them down," she said.
"So far I've tried pretty hard and I won't give up, that's my main message. I will not give up on them, it's important."
The comments came after fundraisers to help buy a CT scanner for Milton-Uladulla Hospital were cancelled because of the lack of support from the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Heath District and the Health Minister.
They were united in praising the efforts of hospital staff - and condemning the lack of resources, with one labelling it a "glorified hospice".