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Financing patient-centred health care homes through value capture

Stephen Jan
Med J Aust 2017; 206 (6): 240-241. || doi: 10.5694/mja16.00855
Published online: 3 April 2017

An innovative approach to funding primary health care involving collaboration between different levels of government and other stakeholders

The Commonwealth Government initiative to establish patient-centred health care homes (PCHCHs), announced in late 2015 following the recommendations of the Primary Health Care Advisory Group,1 represents an ambitious reform to better deliver and coordinate primary care to individuals with chronic conditions.2 PCHCHs, developed originally in the United States,3 involve patients voluntarily enrolling with a primary care provider (a home base such as a general practice or Aboriginal medical service) to receive tailored treatment based on individualised chronic disease management plans. Providers are remunerated through a bundled quarterly payment for each patient enrolled — the aim being to eliminate the fragmented care and duplication that is often associated with the current fee-for-service system.4

  • Stephen Jan1,2

  • 1 The George Institute for Global Health, Sydney, NSW
  • 2 University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW

Correspondence: sjan@georgeinstitute.org

Competing interests:

I have acted on behalf of the George Institute for Global Health as a paid advisor to the NSW Treasury on the Social Benefit Bond program; however, the views expressed in this article do not reflect those of NSW Treasury or the George Institute.

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