The AMA submission to the Department of Health and Ageing on the draft Performance and Accountability Framework which will be used by the National Health Performance Authority urges the Government to undertake a proper consultation process on the performance indicators proposed in the Framework beyond the State and Territory governments.
On 2 August 2011, the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments finalised the National Health Reform Agreement. A summary of the Agreement's key points can be found here.
Transcript: Media Doorstop
Rydges South Bank Hotel, Brisbane
Tuesday 2 August 2011
Subject: COAG National Health Reform Agreement
AMA President, Dr Steve Hambleton, said today that the AMA is pleased that health reform has been re-ignited with the signing of the National Health Reform Agreement by all the States and Territories.
Dr Hambleton said that the new funding and financing arrangements, coupled with the transparency and accountability measures, should ensure that every precious health dollar is spent on health care services.
“There was some compromise necessary to get everyone signed on to this agreement, but we now have a starting point to achieve genuine and much-needed health reform,” Dr Hambleton said.
The AMA made a submission in response to the National Health Reform Amendment (National Health Performance Authority) Bill that was referred to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry in May 2011. The AMA has argued for amendments to empower the new Authority to report on, and impose penalties for, data manipulation and to address other issues of concern including adequate consultation with medical practitioners. The Authority will report on the performance of: local hospital networks; public hospitals; private hospitals; primary healthcare organisations; and other bodies or organisations that provide health care services.