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Commowealth pre-budget submission 2015-16

Posted 21 January 2015

The VHA is calling on the Federal Government to reinstate health funding commitments made by the Commonwealth under the National Health Reform Agreement (NRHA).

The Rudd Government and all state and territory governments signed the NHRA in August 2011, which guaranteed funding from the Commonwealth to the states and signalled an intention to work in partnership.

But the Abbott Government cut funding to the states in its first budget in 2014, with Victoria set to receive $676m less than was agreed under the NHRA.

Our pre-budget submission calls on the Commonwealth to reinstate this funding in its 2015 budget. The submission also recommends:

  • greater investment in preventative and primary healthcare
  • more funding for information technologies that are compatible with the personally controlled electronic health record (PCEHR)
  • an opt-out (rather than opt-in) approach so that all Australians are signed up to the PCEHR
  • a co-operative effort by the Commonwealth and state governments to integrate care delivery by PHNs and state-funded agencies
  • a unified and streamlined accreditation process for health services to reduce duplication and administrative burden

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