Fundholding: learning from the past and looking to the future

Justin J Beilby and Brita Pekarsky
Med J Aust 2002; 176 (7): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2002.tb04432.x
Published online: 1 April 2002

Australia has been experimenting with fundholding in primary care for nearly a decade. When the concept was floated in 1992,1-4 the debate was heavily influenced by the problems experienced in the United Kingdom with fundholding in general practice, including lack of measurement of improvement in quality of care.5 Fundholding still engenders disquiet because of its potential for a primary focus on cost savings, increased control of clinicians by management,6 and a reduction in quality of care7 and equity of access.8

  • Justin J Beilby1
  • Brita Pekarsky2

  • Department of General Practice, Adelaide University, Adelaide, SA.

Competing interests:

Justin Beilby was involved in the local evaluation of Health Plus, a South Australian Coordinated Care Trial. Brita Pekarsky was involved in the national evaluation of the General Coordinated Care Trials, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Coordinated Care Trials and the Maitland After Hours Trial while employed by KPMG.


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