The Rudd reforms: a poisoned chalice in the long run

Jeff R J Richardson
Med J Aust 2010; 192 (9): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2010.tb03613.x
Published online: 3 May 2010

Key arguments of the recent proposal for health reforms are questionable

Prime Minister Rudd is to be applauded for shaking the logjam of federal–state health relations, which for some time has been identified as a stumbling block to improving the health system. But that is all. His proposals as we currently know them have superficial appeal, but from a longer-term perspective they are a poisoned chalice.

  • Centre for Health Economics, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.

Competing interests:

Jeff Richardson was Chair of the 2003 inquiry into the Tasmanian hospital system (the Richardson Report).


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