Reform of the Australian Health Care Agreements: progress or political ploy?

Michael A Reid
Med J Aust 2002; 177 (6): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2002.tb04789.x
Published online: 16 September 2002

Every five years over the past 15 years, the Commonwealth, States and Territories have negotiated healthcare agreements, and new agreements are about to be signed for the next five-year period (2003–2008). The Australian Health Care Agreements (AHCAs), which are negotiated bilaterally with each State, provide Commonwealth monies to the States in exchange for ensuring the States continue to provide free hospital care.

  • Michael A Reid

  • 1 Policy and Practice Program, Institute for International Health, Newtown, NSW.
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