How to help save $10bn over the next decade
A $10 billion health care overhaul to replace the current system could save up to $10.2 billion over the same period, according to the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Physicians.
The overhaul will also see the roll-out of a Medicare levy, which will increase the number of Australians over 65 to about 12 million.
In 2019-20, the Government plans to spend $100 billion on health care to address chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.
But Dr Paul Kuk, the College’s chief executive, said it was vital the government delivered the reforms before the next election in 2022.
“The changes we are announcing today are designed to provide a robust, affordable, quality health system that delivers the quality care we all want to see, and they are also part of the package of measures we are putting in place to ensure we do not have a public health emergency in our community in the future,” he said.
Key points: Dr Paul Kupfer is the College president, and said the health reforms would “make health care a reality” by 2025Dr Kupfers group is pushing for more funding for hospitals to cope with the changesDr Kuk said the reforms would provide a “robust and affordable health system” for Australians, including $10,000 per person to be spent on hospitals over the course of a year to reduce hospital waiting times.
“There is no question that health is the biggest single cause of premature death in Australia, and one of the most expensive causes of chronic illness and death in the world,” Dr KupFers group president Dr Paul Kane said.
“The health reform is the first step in addressing the issue of underfunding and underinvestment in health, as well as reducing the impact of the ageing population.”
This is the right step to take and I think we can be confident that the reforms will be the most cost-effective and efficient in delivering on our promise to provide universal access to high quality, universal quality health care for all Australians.
“Dr Kane said the changes would also see hospitals “roll out a Medicare Levy”.
The levy, announced last month, is a fee charged on hospitals that provides a fixed amount of money each year.
Dr Kane also said it would help “address some of the gaps in health care that we know affect the health and wellbeing of Australian families and communities”.
Dr Kumpfer said the move was also intended to make health care “a reality” for most Australians.
He said the current health care system was “not delivering the quality of care that Australians want”.”
The majority of people who are in our general population are in some sort of chronic condition, or have a condition like diabetes,” he told ABC Radio Canberra.”
If you can reduce those barriers, and provide quality, quality, affordable health care …
I think it will provide a great deal of benefit to our community.
“The reforms are part of a package of changes that include a Medicare transition, which is expected to bring about the end of the current public health system by 2025.
However, the health system will remain in place.
Dr Kane, who has also been a co-author of the National Health Policy, said the transition would provide “a great deal” of benefit for the community.