Improving care for patients with chronic and complex care needs
The AMA recognises the need for more efficient arrangements to support the provision of well-coordinated multidisciplinary care to patients with chronic and complex disease. If access to coordinated multidisciplinary care is improved then patients will benefit, the number of avoidable hospital admissions can be reduced, and long-term savings to the health system will be generated. In considering this issue, it is important to recognise that current MBS arrangements are meeting the needs of most patients. The Government's own draft Primary Care Strategy said in this regard that supported by the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS), most Australians have good access to affordable services provided through general practice, have a choice of provider, and have been supported in their access to many specialist and diagnostic services. See the attached plan for all details.
Chronic Disease Plan (April 2010) - pdf file