Labor leader Kevin Rudd has promised an extra $2 billion for health and put forward a plan to end the blame game between the federal and state governments.
Kevin Rudd has announced a new health policy with plenty of carrots in the form of extra funding and incentives to state governments to reform the health system.
He has also threatened to wield the stick – the federal takeover of public hospitals – if the states fail to reach agreed targets in the improvement of hospital services.
Essentially, Labor’s plan promises to nationally resource a new model of integrated primary care, which will promote wellness and better care in the community. Labor believes this will reduce the demand for hospital services.
The new policy also promises more transition beds to help discharge from acute care beds older patients who no longer need them.
These initiatives, plus the extra two billion dollars, will be built into the next Australian Health Care Agreement, which traditionally has only dealt with hospital services.
These sweeping changes will be driven by a new National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission, strengthened by input from clinicians, including nurses and consumers, that will report to the government.
Where will the extra $2 billion go?
Rudd says the extra $2 billion will be invested in four key initiatives:
Rudd’s plan for health reform
What health experts have to say about Labor’s plan
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