Tony Abbott - The Coalition's policy to support Australia's health system
- Deliver greater community involvement in the management and responsibility of local hospitals;
- Restore the independence of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) and restore integrity to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme listing process so that medicines can get to patients faster;
- Provide the Health Minister with authority to list medicines recommended by the PBAC that do not cost more than $20 million in any of the first four years of its listing;
- Bring forward the proposed roll-out of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme;
- Develop a new National Diabetes Strategy as well as provide $35 million to find a cure for Type One Diabetes;
- Restore the Private Health Insurance Rebate as soon as we responsibly can;
- Deliver a more efficient funding model for hospitals through activity-based funding
- Strengthen primary care by providing $52.5 million to expand existing general practices for teaching and supervision and invest $119 million to double the practice incentive payment for teaching in general practice;
- Provide 500 additional nursing and allied health scholarships for students and health professionals in areas of need as well as $40 million for 400 medical internships;
- Review the Medicare Locals structure to ensure that funding is being spent to support frontline services.
In the full .pdf of the policy a review of the PCEHR is mentioned.
"Health professionals will be increasingly reliant on effective e-health tools to better
coordinate care, particularly for patients with complex health conditions. Unfortunately, the Labor Government has failed to deliver on its Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR).
Despite the $1 billion price tag, only 4,000 records are reported to be in existence. In recent weeks, the clinical advisers for Labor's e-health record program have quit
en masse, leaving the Federal Government's flagship programme floundering with virtually no clinical oversight.
If elected, the Coalition will undertake a comprehensive assessment of the true status of the PCEHR implementation. In government, the Coalition implemented successful incentives to computerise general practice and will continue to provide strong in principle support for a shared electronic health record for patients.The Coalition will again work
with health professions and industry to prioritise implementation following a full
assessment of the current situation."
The ALP also does not seem to mention the issue. See here: