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What do you think about the National Health Reform (for Canberra)?

By Eby - 8 June 2010 5

Hi everyone,

I do apologise if I’m just regurgitating previous discussions – I did a search on ‘health reform’ and found a couple of items from April, but they didn’t really give me the information I’m interested in.

I’ve read about the figures and statistics about what the national health reform will mean for the ACT – but I’m curious as to whether anyone knows what specific parts of our current ACT health system will be receiving national funding, other than The Canberra Hospital? For example, what will it mean for Calvary, if anything?

Also, does anyone have any views on how these changes may actually impact upon Canberrans accessing health services (beyond ’emergency department waiting times capped at 4 hours’!)? Good consequences? Bad consequences?

Thanks in advance!

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5 Responses to
What do you think about the National Health Reform (for Canberra)?
Flo 8:00 pm 09 Jun 10

It’s got to be better than what we’ve got now

Eby 8:20 am 09 Jun 10

Thanks guys, I appreciate your help!

MrNurseRatchet 7:14 pm 08 Jun 10

Agreed with BimboGeek: I believe this is going to be a “watch this space” issue as nothing has firmed up yet. Have seen a few articles flying around discussing the development of networks that will serve as (yet another) layer of bureaucracy in the doling out of healthcare dollars. Am not sold on the documents I’ve seen, but we shall see.

bd84 6:11 pm 08 Jun 10

Given that it is a policy developed by KRudd, it will mean nothing for the health system and be as useless as every one if his other policies developed in the last 3 years.

BimboGeek 12:16 pm 08 Jun 10

From what I understand the details are nowhere near this detailed yet! It’s not like they are planning on just sitting down and dealing out a bunch of cash now, they’re looking at changing the entire management of the system. There’s so much to go through before they even know what size of budget they have.

For starters, they have to decide on what size of hospital networks, which hospitals go into which networks, who is going to coordinate the hospital networks, whether they’re funding networks based on the types of patients they treat, on a per treatment basis or on a population basis (so there’s more motivation for preventive health) or in the case of rural networks whether they’ll be providing additional budget and resources simply because people have a right to have certain services nearby …

Come back and ask again in a year.

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