Reform can restore access to remote medicine

ON 1 JULY this year, the Commonwealth, state and territory governments are due to sign the National Health Reform Agreement.

There are two operative words in the title of this process. National is unambiguous. 

Reform has at least seven dictionary definitions. These include “to restore to a former and better state” and “to abandon wrong or evil ways”.

National health reform, says the Commonwealth’s yourHealth website, will deliver a better deal for patients and improve transparency and efficiency in the health system, which will benefit “all Australians, no matter where they live”.

The National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission’s (NHHRC) 2009 report, A Healthier Future for All Australians, identifies actions to be taken by Governments to reform the health system and meet three reform goals. 

The first goal is to tackle “major access and equity issues that