Quote Of The Year

Quotes Of The Year - Paul Shetler - "Its not Your Health Record it's a Government Record Of Your Health Information"


H. L. Mencken - "For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong."

Monday, April 19, 2010

8PM Update - COAG Meeting 19 April, 2010

Interesting to see the 7:30 report on ABC 1 tonight. 2 key points.

Both Prof Ian Hickie (Brain and Mind Institute) and Paul Gross from a Health Finance and Technology Organisation think the reforms, as presented, are pretty messy and not well framed.

Paul Gross says the lack of an e-Health plan is just inexplicable.

Read extra information and see video and transcripts later tonight here:


This impasse is really a testament to a stupid drip feed of information and shows substantial policy weakness on the part of all those involved in my view!

As of 8.00 pm the reports are not good.

See here:


COAG health talks remain deadlocked

Monday, April 19, 2010 » 08:01pm

The meeting between Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and the premiers on a new health plan has broken up for the day and the talks remain deadlocked.

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting will resume on Tuesday.

West Australian Premier Colin Barnett says they still haven't gotten to the issue of the GST or pool funding.

Mr Rudd is proposing the commonwealth would claw back about 30 per cent of states' GST revenue and, in return, the federal government would take control of 60 per cent of hospital funding.

The GST is a no-go zone for Victoria, Western Australia and NSW.


Sleep well.


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