How to pay for health?
Government funding reform options (as set out in Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Reform of the Federation 2015 Discussion Paper)
States and Territories handed full responsibility for public hospitals – the Commonwealth would withdraw all funding.
Hospital benefit scheme
The Commonwealth would establish an MBS-style benefits scheme to fund a proportion of the cost of each hospital procedure, with the States asked to cover any gap between rebate and service cost.
Individual care packages
The Commonwealth and States jointly fund individualised care packages for patients with, or at risk of developing, chronic or complex conditions.
Regional Purchasing Agencies
The two tiers of government would jointly establish agencies to purchase health services for patients in their catchment areas.
National Health Purchasing Agency
Commonwealth-funded agency to commission full suite of services, from primary through to acute, to meet community need.