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Rudd final health plan not healthy enough

Comments on Adam Cresswell “Blueprint devil in lack of details”, 13/04/2010, http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/blueprint-devil-in-lack-of-details/story-e6frg6zo-1225852946102

While I share most of the assessment on the poor political spin style release of the Rudd health plan, I am puzzled by the final statement "None of this means the Rudd plans will not, or should not, get up. Many experts remain broadly in favour of the proposals, but the government has sown confusion with its blizzard of releases."

With its revenue capacity, the Commonwealth is always in a position to increase its funding for health, and any increase in funding will be better than current situation and would be welcome by many. But that does not mean the health plan is a good plan.

Now that there is an alternative Brumby plan, at least the public will be in a position to make a more informed judgement, as opposed to the situation of a sole candidate, take it or nothing else as Rudd has threatened to do.

Although the Brumby plan also has its shortcomings, but it seems better than the Rudd plan at their face value, as long as the Commonwealth commit its promised funding in the Rudd plan or implied in it.

Of course, better plans are 100% funding by the Commonwealth by taking more GST revenue from the States and run all health by itself, or the Commonwealth commit a certain proportion of its revenue to health and give that to the States and let the States run all health.

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