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The VHA is calling on the Federal Government to reinstate health funding commitments made by the Commonwealth under the National Health Reform Agreement (NRHA).
The Abbott Government cut health funding to the states in its first budget in 2014, with Victoria set to receive $676m less over the next three years than was agreed under the NHRA.
The VHA's pre-budget submission calls on the Commonwealth to reinstate this funding in its 2015 budget. Read more
Health Minister Susan Ley has announced that proposed changes to Medicare have been put on hold for further consultation with GPs and the sector.
The Abbott Government’s 2014-15 Budget introduced a $7 Medicare co-payment fee for all Australians to visit their GP’s. As it became clear that the proposal would fail to pass the Senate, the Government instead proposed an amended co-payment plan in the 2014-15 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO).
These new arrangements will impact directly on the rebate paid for GP consultations, based on both the type and length of time. Read about the key changes here
The Commonwealth Department of Health says Primary Health Network (PHN) boundaries will not be reconsidered, despite VHA concerns that the proposed boundaries may hinder care coordination between health services.
In a written response to the VHA, the department says it consulted with the Victorian Government to develop PHN boundaries. It says that because many of Victoria's pre-existing Local Hospital Networks did not have defined geographic boundaries, PHNs will follow ABS Statistical Area Level 3 (SA3) boundaries.
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) has released a draft guide for health service boards on the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards, which all hospitals and day procedure services must implement.
However, the VHA believes more specific guidance is required for health service boards to understand their governance role in the implementation of these standards.
A clearer distinction is needed between the governance role of boards and the operational role of management.
The Federal Government has abandoned plans for a $7 GP co-payment, conceding the unpopular budget measure would not pass in the Senate. Instead, the government will invite doctors to charge a $5 discretionary fee for consultations with non-concessional patients.
The VHA is pleased that the most vulnerable people will be exempt from any co-payment. However, a discretionary fee from GPs will potentially push more people into hospital emergency departments for general medical care.
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- Federal Budget Submission 2015-1615 Jan 2015
- IHPA Pricing Authority Submission06 Jan 2015
- ACQSHC Draft Guide for Health Service Boards05 Jan 2015
- Mergers and cuts in MYEFO16 Dec 2014
- New Labor Government01 Dec 2014
- Victorian state election announcements 201420 Nov 2014
- Pricing Framework 2015-1612 Nov 2014
- Primary Health Networks role and boundaries30 Oct 2014