Health reform ‘far from perfect’, say doctors

DOCTORS have welcomed the finalisation of the Federal Government's health and hospital reforms but warned the deal is far from perfect and is more about financial rather than system reform.

WA Premier Colin Barnett ended a 15-month stand-off with the government last week when he announced the state would back the deal, clearing the way for Prime Minister Julia Gillard to sign off on the multi-billion dollar agreement.

AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton said a national funding pool would have been preferable to the current plan,