The Turnbull Government has unveiled proposed reforms to the health system in an attempt to curb the rate of unnecessary hospitalisations.
- New package for those with chronic illness includes allied health and out-of-hospital services
- New Medicare packages trials offered to 65,000 people
- Opposition labels announcement "rushed and fairly botched"
- Turnbull says reforms will reduce inefficiencies in the health system
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Health Minister Sussan Ley said the Healthier Medicare package would provide patients suffering from chronic medical conditions with a tailored healthcare package.
Some of the key proposals include:
- The establishment of "Health Care Homes" to coordinate medical, allied health and out-of-hospital services for patients
- Improved use of digital health measures for patients
- Stronger data collection and the creation of a National Minimum Data Set of de-identified information to help measure and benchmark primary health care performance
Primary Health Care Advisory Group chair Dr Steve Hambleton said in a report to Ms Ley that the proposal would provide "continuity of care" for patients by initiating a practice where one doctor would coordinate their entire treatment.
Sydney Morning Herald Report - Chronically ill patients to receive trial health package
ABC News Report - Medicare plan to hand GPs more control over treatment of chronic illness
Push to rethink the way we provide primary care - Read this report on a recent HARC-sponsored symposium on the Patient-Centred Medical Home
Croakey Aricle from Tim Senior Chronic care, equity & Trojan horses: What’s the role of PHI in new Health Care Homes? "As GP Tim Senior explores in this post, there’s much to recommend the Health Care Homes, or Medical Homes model of care as they’re more widely known. But he says the role of Medibank and focus on private health insurance in the Primary Health Care Advisory Group‘s report on chronic care raises many questions, particularly around equity of access and funding models."
The Commonwealth Fund Blog - Medical Homes May Help Improve Care for People with Mental Health Issues,Tuesday, April 5, 2016By Rose Kleiman, Susan L. Hayes and Clare Churchouse