Who wants the health money
IN THE fractured world of healthcare funding, everyone brings a different wish list to the Budget table. And this year is no different.
A second tilt at a Commonwealth takeover, infrastructure investment, doctor training, mental health, Indigenous health, e-health… the list goes on.
But amid the noise, as the Gillard Government prepares its first Budget, there’s one question everyone seems to be asking: What’s going to happen with the Medicare Locals (MLs)?
“That process is a bit bedevilled by the detail,” says Lynne Pezzullo, head of the Access Economics health unit, of the Government’s still-embryonic rethink of community-based primary care.
“It is taking a while to get off the ground. We still don’t know what each of the MLs is supposed to do. It would be good to get a better idea of the arrangements between the [existing GP] networks and the MLs.”