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Funding and administrative model for nation's health

Comments on Michael Stutchbury “Odds are Rudd's funding model won't work”, 17/04/2010, http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/odds-are-rudds-funding-model-wont-work/story-e6frg6zo-1225854720830

Why don't the federal and the states take a stock now how much each spend on health, and then decides how much each should pay in proportionate terms for future health expenses? They can even determine a path that links health expenditure with their respective revenue.

All contributions should be paid to a joint health fund. A national health boards consisting federal and states can be set up to oversee how the fund should be spent.

There can be up to eight groups under this national health board, one for each state or territory.

Under the national health board, local health networks should consider all healthcare, not just public hospitals.

Such a model will be better than the current Rudd or Brumby models and should be pursued as priority for national health reforms.

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