Feb 16, 2009

Will today mark a change towards a fairer health system?

Here in Australia we talk a lot about fairness. But the "fairness" we talk about is not being realised in our current health system, where health care is not available to all, writes Fiona Armstrong.

The National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission (NHHRC) report to be released today will have a large audience; this paper is long awaited by health reform advocates and those with an eye to the sustainability of health care. We are at a critical point in our history in terms of building for the future, with the global economic crisis having profound implications for the way we fund and deliver health services over the next ten, 20 or 50 years.

Our current course is unsustainable, and many of the 500+ submissions to the Commission last year chorused the same tune: that the Australian health system is struggling under the weight of antiquated service delivery and funding structures, a workforce under stress, confusing and ineffective arrangements regarding the responsibilities and accountability of governments, and it is all leading to waste resources and poorly coordinated care.

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  1. Jason

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