Behind The News - 19 June 2012

A RECENT paper in the Australian Health Review claiming the benefits of community-based health care had been oversold touched raw nerves in both the community health and hospital care sectors.

The author, Northern Sydney Health senior staff specialist Dr Paul Cunningham, said primary care was winning the war of words for health funding at the expense of the hospital sector.

Dr Cunningham claimed the primary sector’s focus on public awareness gave it an advantage in the policy debate, as the whole primary health care