Commowealth Budget 2015-16: VHA pre-budget submission
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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

Medicare rebates and co-payments: a summary
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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

VHA concerned over PHN role and boundaries

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.

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Draft guide on quality standards for health boards
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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.

Read VHA submission

Access ACQSHC guide

Government transfers co-payment fee to doctors
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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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Community Health Service CEO Meetings27 February 2015

At the VHA, Level 6, 136 Exhibition Street Melbourne on the following dates:

27 February 10am–2pm

22 May 10am–2pm

28 August 10am–2pm

27 November 10am–2pm

 

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