Comments on John Dwyer “States shouldn't sell out for pennies from Kevin”, 20/04/2010, http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/states-shouldnt-sell-out-for-pennies-from-kevin/story-e6frg6zo-1225855687239
The current plans are all focused on public hospitals only, including the proposed local hospital networks.
They will continue to be segmented from primary cares and other cares. The costs shifts will continue and even those local networks are likely to engage in "rent seeking" and compete with other healthcares.
The Rudd proposal and approach are not the right way to reform the nation's health. It is not the right approach to health policy. It is likely to achieve little.
It is indeed better to use this COAG meeting to kick start serious national debate and discussions, especially among the political leaders for an effective health reform.
It does not matter if it is a few months later, but it is paramount and absolutely important to have the right reform being undertaking.