Medicare Local Review

Friday, December 20, 2013

The effective and efficient provision and coordination of primary health care services is a critical component of a comprehensive health system which can significantly improve health outcomes and reduce overall health care costs and out-of-pocket expenses.

This requires a formal coordination and development structure for primary care and Medicare Locals have provided a good starting point for this. In line with this view, the AHHA supports the objectives under which Medicare Locals were established, and notes that there are solid examples where Medicare Locals have demonstrated good practice in meeting these objectives.

The key outcomes of the Medicare Local review should include:

  • Continued focus on improving coordination of care and a multidisciplinary approach to effective primary care
  • Simplification of funding arrangements and reduction of the administrative and reporting burdens
  • Enhanced engagement with Local Hospital Networks
  • Recognition of the need for flexibility in structure to support local solutions for local issues.

 

Read the AHHA submission to the Review here