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The Australian Health Care Reform Alliance (AHCRA) is a coalition of peak health groups working towards a better health system for Australia’s future.

Australia’s health system was designed more than a generation ago and no longer meets the needs of our community. Many Australians are missing out on the care they need or not receiving the best possible care for their condition. There is a growing gap between the health of the best and worst off in our community which is undermining the fairness of our society.

We need to make major changes to our health system to make it better and fairer for all. With an ageing population and increasing demand for health care, we need to ensure that every dollar we spend on health care delivers maximum value. We also need to make sure that our health system reflects the values of our community.

AHCRA is working to find solutions to the problems with our existing health system, including:

  • poor access to care for many Australians
  • consumer frustration with problems in navigating an overly complex system
  • the health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians
  • increasing out-of-pocket costs for services
  • a severe shortage of doctors, nurses and other health professionals
  • an insufficient focus on prevention and primary care
  • the inefficient allocation of resources caused by the current State/ Commonwealth funding structure.

The Federal Government has embarked on a major health reform initiative, involving making significant changes to the ways in which health care is funded and delivered. While many of these changes are moving in the right direction, there are also a range of important gaps and system flaws that have not been adequately addressed.   AHCRA continues to advocate for these gaps to be addressed and to influence the effective implementation of the reform measures



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Latest News


    Summary of AHCRA's position on government proposal to amend medicare payment for GP visits
    The Australian Health Care Reform Alliance (AHCRA), a national alliance of 35 health professional and consumer organisations is concerned about the Federal Government’s revised health policy measures that will see GPs charging their patients (including Health Care and Pension Card holders) more for their health care.
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    Government still tunnelling away to undermine universal health care - Dec 2014
    The Australian Health Care Reform Alliance (AHCRA) is concerned that the Federal Government’s repackaged co-payment proposal will hit consumers’ pockets just as hard as the original version, and could lead to further 'Americanisation' of Australian health care.
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  • From the NATIONAL HEALTH REFORM SUMMIT, Canberra, 15-16 July 2014

    2014 Summit Communique
    2014 Summit Presentations
  • ACHRA Submission - Senate Community Affairs Committee Inquiry into out-of-pocket costs in Australian healthcare

    The growth in out-of-pocket costs over the past decade has occurred in an ad hoc manner without any policy oversight from either the Commonwealth or State/Territory governments. Direct consumer payments for health goods and services have been introduced (and increased) by individual practitioners, retailers and service providers, or on a program basis by governments, without taking into account the overall impact of these costs on consumers.

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    AHCRA urges Government to seek savings elsewhere, not co- payment - Aug 2014
    AHCRA today backed current warnings about the risks for the Government of negotiating only with the AMA on the $7 co-payment, and called for the Federal Government to seek saving elsewhere.
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    AHCRA Response to the Budget - May 15th
    AHCRA has distributed a media release in response to the Federal Budget. AHCRA expressed its very strong concern that the new measures are moving us away from a universal health care system, and that those on least incomes are paying the highest price.
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    As a resource to members and subscribers, a range of insightful articles published in January and February on health reform are available. Many discuss health financing such as the proposed $6 MBS co-payment. The most recent is a valuable overview of the value, or otherwise, of consumer co-payments from Consumers Health Forum.
    Download your Resource list here
  • Single funder option to end cost-shifting

    In its submission to the Senate Inquiry into The Senate Finance And Public Administration Reference Committee Inquiry Into Implementation Of The National Health Reform Agreement AHCRA argues for a single funder for all health services and for an increased focus on primary care.
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