Greg Hunt’s vision for Health Care Homes 2.0: fewer patients for longer

Health Minister will nut out the details with MBS Review Taskforce, RACGP and AMA

Minister for Health Greg Hunt says the next version of Health Care Homes will focus on allowing GPs to “see fewer patients for longer”.

The troubled chronic disease care program, once the government’s signature health policy reform, is now set to be canned as soon as its trial period closes in November 2019.

Nine months in, just 1600 patients have signed up for a Health Care Homes package — far below the program’s target of 65,000.

But Mr Hunt rejects the notion that the endeavour has already failed.

“It’s the early stages of a trial,” he says.

Nevertheless, he is now promising to work on developing a new version, in conjunction with the MBS Review Taskforce, RACGP and AMA.

“The design we will work on, but essentially it’s the ability to see fewer patients for longer and to engage with them not just through the doctor, but through the practice as a whole.