ACT Legislative Assembly


Inquiry into the future sustainability of health funding in the ACT

The Committee is currently receiving public submissions. The Committee has extended the time period available to make a submission. You can now make a submission before Friday, 23 February 2018. Submissions can be sent to LACommitteeHACS@parliament.act.gov.au.

Please note that submissions will be made publically available, unless otherwise indicated.

For any other information, please contact the Committee Secretary, Kate Harkins on (02) 6207 0524 or at kate.harkins@parliament.act.gov.au.

The Standing Committee on Health, Ageing and Community Services (the Committee) notes the following;

  1. A feature of Australia’s health system is that both the Australian and State and Territory governments fund public hospitals with some private funding.
  2. State and Territory Governments fund the majority of the hospital system in Australia at approximately a 50 per cent share.
  3. The Australian Government funds a major share of private hospital costs, albeit indirectly through the private health insurance rebate, which is uncapped up to 35 per cent.
  4. The ACT Government expenditure on health is $1.63 billion in 2017-18, or 31 per cent of the ACT Budget – the largest proportion of expenditure compared to any other output.
  5. Australian Government support for public hospitals is now capped: it can grow no faster than 6.5 per cent each year.
  6. The ACT has an ageing population and there is an increase in chronic disease and increasing complexity of disease and co-morbidity rates; and
  7. Discussion has started between the Australian and State and Territory governments on new national health agreements.

The Committee resolves to inquire into and report on the future sustainability of health funding in the ACT, with particular reference to:

  1. The efficiency of current health financing; particularly examining the alignment of funding with the purpose of the ACT’s health services, including the provision of quality and accessible health care to patients when they need it;
  2. The nature of health funding and how it improves patient outcomes including innovative or alternative programs such as hospital in the home and walk in centres;
  3. The sources and interaction of health financing in the ACT including:
    1. ACT Government funding;
    2. Australian Government funding including Medicare;
    3. private health insurance;
    4. consumer out of pocket payments; and
    5. other sources.
  4. The impact on health financing of:
    1. population growth and demographic transitions in the ACT and the surrounding region; and
    2. technological advancements and health innovation.
  5. The relationship between hospital financing and primary, secondary and community care, including the interface with the National Disability Insurance Scheme and residential aged care;
  6. Funding the future capital needs of the health system in the ACT;
  7. Relevant experiences and learnings from other jurisdictions, and
  8. Any other relevant matter.

The Committee is currently receiving public submissions. You can make a submission before Thursday, 1 February 2018. Submissions can be sent to LACommitteeHACS@parliament.act.gov.au

Please note that submissions will be made publically available, unless otherwise indicated. For any other information, please contact the Committee Secretary.

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Submission 1 – Individual submission not for publication PDF (50.5 KB)
Submission 2 - Australian Physiotherapy Association PDF (546.3 KB)
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Media release - Extension for public submissions - Inquiry into the future sustainability of health funding PDF (315.3 KB) Word (210.5 KB)

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