Health care homes — 11 key questions answered

It's peddled by ministers as a once-in-a-generation reform that will revolutionise the treatment chronic diseases. But many fear the journey to come. Here's what we know about Health Care Homes.

How will it work?

Patients with chronic conditions will be encouraged to enrol with a GP practice. Practices taking part will receive “bundled payments” to provide non-acute GP care to that patient. The argument being made in its favour is that fee-for-service fails to support chronic disease management. Policymakers often refer to the numbers of potentially preventable admissions to hospital in Australia — more than 600,000 a year. Many of these admissions are for chronic disease complications, particularly diabetes.