Commonwealth health budget bulletin - June 2010

This budget review by Dr. Lesley Russell of Macroeconomics examines in depth the health provisions of the 2010 Federal budget. While the Rudd Government's health care reform package has now been revealed, the details are missing and a response to many key issues - particularly mental health, dental health and Indigenous health - are also missing. The approach has been evolutionary rather than revolutionary, clearly designed to address short-term pressure points rather than needed long-term changes. Although the funding provided seems generous, on closer scrutiny funding for important new investments in health care delivery is in fact quite limited, and the real reform elements appear to be critically lacking.

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