Prime Minister Rudd’s plan for reforming Australian public hospitals

David G Penington
Med J Aust 2010; 192 (9): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2010.tb03609.x
Published online: 3 May 2010

It is the long term that matters — not a quick fix

Kevin Rudd’s election commitment in November 2007 to take over the funding of public hospitals and fix them has led to a bold and courageous plan,1 unveiled after a 15-month review by the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission (NHHRC) and further extensive consultations. Some pillory the delay, but with such a complex system and so much at stake, caution is admirable. The real questions are whether the solution offered on 3 March 2010 for public hospitals1 will work, and what problems will it solve? Further debate is urgently needed.

  • David G Penington

  • Grattan Institute, Melbourne, VIC.


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