The search for better financing of health care, including that for people with chronic illness

Laurann E Yen, Robert W Wells, James A Gillespie and Stephen R Leeder
Med J Aust 2007; 186 (9): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2007.tb00992.x
Published online: 7 May 2007

A wholly state-funded or federally funded system of health care, concentrating on providing integrated services, might circumvent the political blame game

During 2005 and 2006, the bipartisan House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health and Ageing conducted a nationwide inquiry into how the Australian Government could take a leading role in improving delivery of highest quality health care to all Australians.1 This inquiry received 159 submissions and conducted hearings and interviews in each Australian state and territory. The fractured relations among the state, territory and federal governments that surface when the bills for health care roll in motivated the Committee’s choice of title for its report — “The Blame Game”.

  • Laurann E Yen1
  • Robert W Wells1
  • James A Gillespie2
  • Stephen R Leeder2

  • 1 Menzies Centre for Health Policy, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT.
  • 2 Menzies Centre for Health Policy, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.



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