Deeble Issues Brief No. 33: Reforming for Value: Opportunities for Outcome Focused National Health Policy

Current national health policy emphasises costly and unsustainable scaling up of healthcare volume and perpetuates ongoing inequities in access to care. The Commonwealth Government’s Long-Term National Health Plan includes commitments to support flexible care models that do not rely on fee for service, as well as the development of a national preventative health strategy. However, without clear policy levers to measure and fund meaningful improvements in health outcomes, national efforts to achieve a vision of ‘a mentally and physically healthy Australia’ are likely to be hampered.