National Health Reform
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The National Health Reform Agreement (NHRA):
- delivered a nationally unified, but locally managed health system
- reformed funding of public hospital services (with the Commonwealth increasing its funding share)
- established three Tasmanian Health Organisations under the Tasmanian Health Organisations Act 2011
- established the Primary Healthcare Organisation (Medicare Local).
These health reforms respond to the major challenges facing the health and hospital system, including:
- the growth and ageing of the population
- community expectations of hospital waiting times.
- overlapping responsibilities and lack of coordination and integration of service systems that lead to patients 'falling through the cracks.
- gaps in the provision of primary health care services.
- high and increasing rates of chronic disease
- the need to improve efficiency to give confidence that health and hospital funding goes as far as possible.
Benefits to Tasmania
- Provides more certainty and more money for Tasmania's health system.
- Hospital services will be run at a local community level making them more responsive to local needs.
- The reforms are about strengthening services, putting them on a more sustainable footing and supporting the workforce that is delivering them.
- The reforms will increase local control and management of healthcare to ensure decisions are being made as close to the patient as possible.
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