Our health system still needs change


David Penington

Australia, with its advanced economy, deserves health care of a high international standard. Since 1976 we have enjoyed free public hospital care and heavily subsidised access to doctors with good GPs and specialists readily accessible. Our public hospitals, have, however, repeatedly caused concern – for the States to meet ever increasing demand and growing costs, and for the public, repeated failure in quality or safety of services and lack of access to services when needed. If the devolution of hospital management in Australia was reviewed, we might begin to get worthwhile re-direction in our system.