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The 2010 Rudd plan: will it actually deliver better health services?

Ian B Hickie
Med J Aust 2010; 192 (9): 511-512.

There is no certainty that the new finance arrangements will reduce inequalities in access to care

After a prolonged gestation, we are now witnessing the somewhat protracted birth of the Rudd Government’s health reform plan. To date, only the head of the new scheme has come into view.1 For those who remain anxious about the overall health of the infant, and indeed whether it has all of its necessary parts, we have been provided with an attractive slogan — “funded nationally and run locally” — rather than a clear blueprint for action.

  • Ian B Hickie

  • Brain & Mind Research Institute, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.

Correspondence: ian.hickie@sydney.edu.au

Competing interests:

I am a board member of headspace: Australia’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation, a member of the clinical reference group for Bupa Australia, and a member of the National Advisory Council on Mental Health that reports to the federal Health Minister. I receive payments for my participation in each of these organisations.

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