Thursday, February 20, 2014
It Look Like Health Is In For A Real Shake Up. Here Is All You Need To Know To Appreciate They Don’t Have a Clue!
This appeared today.
February 20, 2014
Health Minister Peter Dutton has flagged an overhaul of Medicare, suggesting Australians who can afford it should pay more for their healthcare.
Mr Dutton has used a major speech to declare he wants there to be a frank, fearless and far-reaching discussion about the health system.
He argued the system is unsustainable and he wants to "modernise and strengthen" Medicare.
He has told the ABC's 7.30 program there needs to be discussion around co-payments.
"Commonwealth and state governments contribute 92 cents in the dollar for those treated in the public system," he said.
"Therefore, one important job of the Abbott Government is to grow the opportunity for those Australians who can afford to do so to contribute to their own healthcare costs.
"If they have a means to contribute to their own healthcare, we should be embarking on a discussion about how that payment model will work.
“One important job of the Abbott Government is to grow the opportunity for those Australians who can afford to do so to contribute to their own healthcare costs. “
"I want to make sure that for argument's sake we have a discussion about you or me on reasonable incomes [and] whether we should expect to pay nothing when we go to a doctor."
There has recently been debate over a proposal to charge patients $6 to visit their general practitioner.
Lots more here:
The video makes just riveting viewing to see just how ill formed and vague the Minister’s plan is.
On ABC Radio this morning we also had this:
Thursday 20 February 2014 7:44AM
The Abbott Government is paving the way for major changes to health services, including a possible co-payment for GP visits.
Health Minister Peter Dutton has called for a 'fearless and far reaching debate' on health spending, which he says is 'unsustainable.'
Labor is warning this means the end of universal health care in Australia.
Dr. John Dwyer
Professor of Medicine at the University of NSW and founder of the The Australian Health Care Reform Alliance
Here is the link:
Here Prof. Dwyer makes the obvious point that maybe we should reform an inefficient system to save money rather than just charge people more. The point that 29% of health costs is direct out of pocket expenses at present means we are all paying a fair bit already.
To date all the reform efforts (Lib and Labor) have been pretty ineffective and poorly implemented. Maybe some serious hard work towards real reform should come before asking people to pay more?
Maybe we could even have a go at getting e-Health right?
I fear we are going to see some pretty ill-considered and unwise outcomes from all this.
Posted by Dr David More MB PhD FACHI at Thursday, February 20, 2014