With talk of Medicare reform, let's not neglect vertical equity

Kim M Dalziel and Jeffrey R Richardson
Med J Aust 2015; 202 (6): . || doi: 10.5694/mja14.00378
Published online: 6 April 2015

Equal treatment for equal need is not enough — positive discrimination for disadvantaged groups is also required

With the “reform” of Medicare on the political agenda, it is timely to reflect on the objectives of fairness and equity that are key goals of our national health scheme. These objectives include both “horizontal equity”, or equal treatment for equal need, and “vertical equity”, which involves appropriately different treatment for those with different needs.

  • Kim M Dalziel1
  • Jeffrey R Richardson2

  • 1 University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.


Competing interests:

No relevant disclosures.


remove_circle_outline Delete Author
add_circle_outline Add Author

Do you have any competing interests to declare? *

I/we agree to assign copyright to the Medical Journal of Australia and agree to the Conditions of publication *
I/we agree to the Terms of use of the Medical Journal of Australia *
Email me when people comment on this article

Online responses are no longer available. Please refer to our instructions for authors page for more information.