In early 2017, Federal Health Minister, Greg Hunt, asked the AHHA to contribute ideas for a blueprint for a ten year health agreement. A similar request was made by Federal Opposition leader, Bill Shorten, and Federal Shadow Minister for Health and Medicare, Catherine King.
These requests follow the reaffirmation by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) that providing universal healthcare for Australians is a shared priority, with agreement on public hospitals funding to June 2020 (COAG 2016a).
COAG has begun considering longer-term public hospital funding arrangements for post-June 2020, and agreement is expected to be reached by COAG in 2018 (COAG 2016b).
This blueprint has been developed in response to these requests.
It has been developed through substantial consultation with, and input from, AHHA’s Board, broad membership and stakeholders across the hospital, primary and community health sectors—including clinicians, academics, policy-makers, administrators and consumers.