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  • Managing the performance of the health care system

    Posted 6/08/2012 by Rebecca de Boer
    Performance of the health care system was put on the national agenda in 2010 when the then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd outlined his vision for the National Health and Hospital Network (NHHN). One of the features of the NHHN was improved reporting and performance standards. The precursor to this were the objectives, outcomes, progress measures and outputs that were agreed by the Council of Australian governments (COAG) in 2008 as part of the National Healthcare Agreement (NHA). Although aspects of ... Read more...

    TAGS: health reform, health system

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  • Is $325 million enough for Tasmania's health care system?

    Posted 22/06/2012 by Rebecca de Boer
      Last week, after much speculation, the Federal Government announced that it would provide an extra $325 million over four years to Tasmania’s health care system. Previously the Tasmanian Government had announced cuts of up to $500 million over four years to the health care system, commencing from 1 July 2011. Many of these cuts were directed to elective surgery, reduced services and the closure of hospital beds. The most recent Tasmanian budget (May 2012) announced a reduction of the savings... Read more...

    TAGS: health financing, health system

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  • What can be done about the growing cost of health care in Australia?

    Posted 18/11/2011 by Anne-marie Boxall
     The sustainability of Australia’s health system is becoming a key concern for Australian governments, along with those in many other advanced economies. But, with growing demand for high quality health care, an ageing population and rapid advances in medical technology, what can be done to keep a lid on health expenditure? This recently published Parliamentary Library Research Paper outlines the key mechanisms the Australian government has to control health care spending, and it proposes some p... Read more...

    TAGS: health financing, health reform, health system

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  • National Health Reform Agreement: what might it achieve?

    Posted 4/08/2011 by Anne-marie Boxall
    After nearly four years in government, an 18 month independent inquiry into the health system, a Prime Ministerial listening tour of the nation’s hospitals, several fraught Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meetings and one unsuccessful attempt, the federal Labor Government has finally secured a health reform deal with all states and territories.The National Health Reform Agreement announced this week is essentially a detailed implementation plan for the Heads of Agreement on Nation... Read more...

    TAGS: health financing, health reform, health system

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  • Paying for health care: how can we sustain it?

    Posted 5/05/2011 by Anne-marie Boxall
    At budget time, the federal health minister has one of the toughest jobs. We got a glimpse into this a few weeks ago when the Government announced that it had decided to defer listing some new drugs on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme even though they work and have been deemed by experts to be cost-effective. The announcement sparked outcry from consumer groups and health care organisations alike.The Minister found herself in this unenviable position because the amount of money available to s... Read more...

    TAGS: health financing, health reform, health system

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  • Department of Health's FOI release - challenges ahead for health reform

    Posted 10/12/2010 by Rebecca de Boer
    Various government departments have made publicly available incoming government briefs that have been released under Freedom of Information. Despite sections of the briefs having been blacked out they provide an insight into the workings of government and the advice provided to Ministers in the post-election environment. The Department of Health and Ageing’s (DoHA) incoming government brief provides an overview of the health system and arrangements for implementing health reforms begun during th... Read more...

    TAGS: health reform, health system

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  • Perceptions of Australia's health care system

    Posted 6/12/2010 by Rebecca de Boer
    Standard green Medicare cardPerceptions of the health care system are difficult to measure and there is very little comprehensive information about how Australians perceive the heath care system. The Menzies Centre for Health Policy and the Nous group recently completed a survey (Menzies-Nous 2010 survey) on Australians' attitudes to the health care system. This is a repeat of the survey completed in 2008, on which the 2010 survey was based.The survey found that, on average, Australians are satisfied with the health care s... Read more...

    TAGS: health, health system

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