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February 22, 2010

Melissa Sweet makes a good point in her Intensive glare article in Unleashed about debates over health policy in Australia. She says:

in Australia we are stuck with a health debate that just cannot budge beyond hospitals, and Mr Abbott's headline-grabbing policy pitch for local boards to run hospitals simply reinforces that unhealthy focus.His plan creates yet another mechanism for focusing health funding and policies on institutions rather than on better meeting the community's health needs. It also provides another mechanism for enhancing division both between hospitals themselves, and between hospitals and the rest of the health sector, and for ensuring that health services remain centred around the needs of professionals rather than the community.

Health reform in Australia is still being reduced to talking about hospitals and doctors. If it is not about that, then it is about private health insurance industry. Most governments in Australia have avoided questions that involve confronting powerful vested interests in that industry

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 8:05 PM |