In this article from the Conversation’s global series about health systems, examining different health care systems all over the world, Stephen Duckett, Grattan Institute takes a look at the Australian system. He concludes that, although Australian’s are rightly proud of their health system and value Medicare highly, this is not to say they see the health system through rose-coloured glasses. Health care regularly rates as one of the top three issues of concern to voters.
The general directions of policy in Australia are similar to international trends – more efforts to establish better relationships between hospitals and family doctors; more emphasis on rewarding health care providers for improved outcomes; and implementing new methods to pay doctors for managing the care of people with chronic conditions.
But core to all reform proposals in Australia is a commitment to maintain universal access and tax-based financing.Read more