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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

  • AHCRA National Health Reform Summit 2014

    Health reform – reflecting back, peering forward
    The Australian Health Care Reform Alliance is holding its 5th National Health Reform Summit on 15-16 July 2014 at The Brassey Hotel in Canberra.

    The Alliance of over 30 national and state peaks invites participation from other professionals and consumers interested in a more equitable health system.
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    Fair and equal access is an essential quality of our health system - April 23rd
    There seems to be a real danger that decisions to be made in the forthcoming Federal Budget may result in a less equitable health system. This would be a disastrous consequence for a health system that ought to provide health care in proportion to need, not according to ability to pay.
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    Oral health media release - March 7th 2014
    A group of eight national health organisations (including AHCRA) have today reiterated their support for continued investment in improved dental health, particularly for children and those who rely on public dental health services.
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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.
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  • 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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