First Interim Report

First Interim Report

2 December 2014

© Commonwealth of Australia 2014
ISBN 978-1-76010-115-2

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Membership of the Committee (PDF 21KB)
Terms of Reference (PDF 11KB)
Acronyms and abbreviations (PDF 12KB)
Executive Summary (PDF 56KB)

$7 co-payment
Cuts to hospital funding
Abolishing the Australian National Preventative Health Agency
Medicare Locals
Merging healthcare agencies—Organ and Tissue Authority and National Blood Authority
Indigenous Health

Recommendations (PDF 22KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 31KB)
Chapter 2 - The inquiry (PDF 51KB)

Establishment of the Select Committee on Health
Committee comment

Chapter 3 - Patient co-payments, cuts to hospital funding and preventative health (PDF 192KB)

Background—patient co-payments
Policy development
Committee comment
Negative impacts
Committee comment
Cuts to hospital funding

Chapter 4 - Medicare Locals—history and implementation (PDF 219KB)

Activities of Medicare Locals
Primary Health Networks
The Review of Medicare Locals
Government response
Committee comment
The costs of implementing Primary Health Networks
Closure of Medicare Locals
Loss of services provided by Medicare Locals
Medicare Local services at risk
Committee comment
Loss of healthcare professionals
Costs of closing Medicare Locals
The PHN tender process

Chapter 5 - Proposed merger of the Organ and Tissue Authority and the National Blood Authority (PDF 82KB)

The Organ and Tissue Authority
The National Blood Authority
Proposed merger
Evidence from hearings
Committee comment

Government Senators' Dissenting Report (PDF 42KB)

Structure of the Committee
Hearing dates and cost
Health expenditure
$7 co-payment
Merger of the Organ and Tissue Authority and the National Blood Authority
Medicare Locals

Appendix 1 - Submissions received by the committee (PDF 21KB)
Appendix 2 - Additional information and answers to questions on notice received by the committee (PDF 16KB)

Additional Documents
Answers to Questions on Notice

Appendix 3 - Witnesses who appeared before the committee (PDF 31KB)
Appendix 4 - Establishment of Primary Health Networks  Frequently Asked Questions Version 1.2 – last updated 11 July 2014 (PDF 614KB)
Appendix 5 - Medicare Local and Primary Health Network boundary maps (PDF 1113KB)
Appendix 6 - Frequently Asked Questions on the Establishment of Primary Health Networks (PDF 627KB)
Appendix 7 - Review of Medicare Locals – Report to the Minister for Health and Minister for Sport (extract) (PDF 17KB)
Appendix 8 - Medicare Locals—examples of services and programs (PDF 54KB)

Committee Secretariat contact:

Senior Clerk's Office
Department of the Senate
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3555