Reforming Australian health care: the first instalment

John S Deeble
Med J Aust 2010; 192 (9): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2010.tb03610.x
Published online: 3 May 2010

Starting with the basics of public hospitals and federal–state financial relationships

The Australian Government’s policy statement of 3 March 20101 is the first of what will be a series of announcements on health policy and funding. It is nearly all about public hospitals and federal–state financial relationships. We will have to see if and how the later announcements interact. However, access to hospitals is the biggest single issue in the public mind.

  • National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT.


Competing interests:

I have performed consultancy work for the NSW Department of Health on the Productivity Commission inquiry into public and private hospital costs.


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