Private healthcare providers want larger role after shakeup

Private healthcare providers want larger role after shakeup

Private sector healthcare service providers are demanding a larger role in the patient care following the federal government's plans to shakeup the healthcare for chronic disease such as diabetes and arthritis.

The federal government in Australia has said that it is planning to overhaul the healthcare services for chronic diseases for Australians. Private sector players including insurers and pharmacists have said that they want a larger role in patient care after the overhaul. The government's Primary Health Care Advisory Group, chaired by Steven Hambleton also suggested that insurers could play a key role in managing chronic care. Some of them including nation's biggest private health insurer, Medibank Private is already running a chronic care program, called CareComplete involving participating from governments of Victoria, Western Australia, and Queensland.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Health Minister Sussan Ley said that the chronically ill patients will be able to chosea single general practitioner under a new system of Health Care Homes. These general practitioners will be paid to provide a care package in a move away from fee-for-service model. The government also announced $21 million additional federal funding for 65,000 Australians to participate in two-year trials in up to 200 practices starting 1 July, 2017.

Experts said that people in the country requiring high care have to see uptofive different GPs a year and pointed out that 20 per cent of the people live with two or more chronic diseases. They said that half of all avoidable hospital admissions in 2013-14 were due to chronic conditions. The government expects that the changes will require unrequired hospital admissions.