Audio podcast: Universal health coverage in Australia and the 2016 Federal budget

Wednesday 18 May 2016

Paul Dugdale is the Director of the ANU Centre for Health Stewardship and Chair of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association. He has pursued a dual career in academia and health service provision, with policy roles in health financing and tertiary service planning, and operational roles in public health and hospital management. Publications include the books 'Doing Health Policy in Australia' and 'Patient Safety First: Responsive Regulation In Health Care' (with Judith Healy).

In this public seminar, Paul will discuss the relations between Australia's federal health system, Commonwealth financing for health, and national election campaign strategy. Breaking with a history of annual real increases (beyond CPI and population growth) in Commonwealth health funding to the States for hospital services going back to the introduction of Medicare in 1984, the Abbott Government 2014 and 2015 budgets did not provide any real growth in forward estimates of health related payments to the states beyond 2016. Abbot made public statements that such growth was a matter for the states, not the Commonwealth. This set the context for the Turnbull Government's first budget, which is a pre-election budget. At stake is a firm, ongoing Commonwealth commitment to adequate national universal health coverage with adequate financial support from Commonwealth revenue. Since 1972, every party that has won national government in Australia (including Abbott in 2013) has promised this commitment during their election campaign.

For more information on this seminar: http://menzieshealthpolicy.anu.edu.au/news-events/public-seminar-univers...

Presentation slides: (PDF, 1.55MB)

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