A new approach to primary care for Australia


This paper shows that health systems oriented towards primary and preventative care achieve better health outcomes at a lower overall cost than systems oriented towards hospital care. It spells out how this can be achieved, with the establishment of 'one stop shop' primary health care centres staffed with all the expertise needed to manage the overall health of the local population. These centres would form the backbone of a high-quality universal health system, benefiting Australians of all backgrounds and incomes, rather than a limited 'safety net' service designed to catch the fallout from a two-tier system.

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