Grattan Institute reports addressing the recovery from the COVID-19 recession and the next steps for Australian health care
Two new reports have been released by the Grattan Institute addressing the recovery from the COVID-19 recession and the next steps for Australian health care coming out of the COVID-19 lockdown.
28 June 2020
To help Australia recover from the COVID-19 recession, the Government should inject $70 billion to $90 billion in extra economic stimulus, including revamping and extending JobKeeper. Governments should refine health policies put in place over the past few months. Telehealth – telephone and video consultations with GPs and specialists – should be expanded, and private hospitals better used, especially to help clear the elective surgery backlog.
21 June 2020
Australia has not yet won the battle against COVID-19, and coming out of lockdown risks a second wave of infections.
Australia should learn lessons from the way the health system responded to the pandemic.
Telehealth has been embraced by doctors and patients; it should now be expanded to give more people quicker access to care.
Mental health and hospital-in-the-home services should be bolstered.
And the federal and state governments need to strengthen supply chains to ensure adequate supplies of personal protective equipment and ventilators in the event of a second wave of COVID-19 infections.
If Australia gets this transition to a ‘new normal’ wrong, we won’t benefit from the overdue health system changes that the crisis forced on us. That would be another tragedy on top of the trauma caused by the pandemic itself.
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