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VHA calls for genuine debate on health future following White Paper leak

Posted 23 June 2015

Tuesday 23 June 2015

Today’s leaked White Paper proposal on the future of hospital funding raises some important questions regarding the future of the health sector that will hopefully spark a genuine discussion on the way forward for Australia’s health system.

Victorian Healthcare Association CEO Tom Symondson said any future direction of health funding needed to be jointly-owned by the states, Commonwealth, health sector and the public if it was to succeed and truly meet the needs of the community.

“Hospitals need certainty as does the community if we are to address the challenges of an ageing population with increasing rates of obesity and chronic disease,” Mr Symondson said.

“Following the Commonwealth’s scrapping of the previous health funding agreement model, hospitals have been operating without a clear future and this is the biggest risk to ensuring an effective and sustainable health system.

“This uncertainty also comes at a time when funding and commitment to prevention is lacking and the two should not be considered in isolation.

“What we need is the State and Federal governments to work together in partnership with the health sector to settle funding arrangements from 2017-18 and this should be undertaken transparently and consultatively.

“Health is the responsibility of all tiers of government and we would be absolutely appalled if any government were to abandon that responsibility.”

Media contact: Rachel White – 0438 815 561 rachel.white@vha.org.au

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