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Australia’s health reform plans focus on hospital financing and governance

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c1403 (Published 10 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1403
  1. Melissa Sweet
  1. 1Sydney

    More than two years after being elected with a mandate to “fix” a fragmented healthcare system, the Australian government has announced an ambitious plan for reforming the financing and governance of the public hospital system.

    The reforms would create a national health and hospital network, with the federal government taking responsibility for most funding of public hospitals and for setting national healthcare standards.

    Governance would be decentralised. Local boards would govern networks of public hospitals, which are now run by state and territory governments. The federal government would pay for 60% of the “efficient cost” of inpatient services provided.

    The government has also pledged to provide more “rigorous and transparent” reporting on health service performance. …

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