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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