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This Issues Brief makes recommendations about the critical steps to be taken in Australia to promote disinvestment in low-value healthcare and encourage use of high-value care. These recommendations are not quick fixes, but essential if Australia wants to continue to have a world-class healthcare system; providing Australians with the best possible health outcomes in a sustainable manner into the future.
Major recommendations include:
Crucial to the success of this work is continued strong leadership from Commonwealth and state and territory governments and wide stakeholder buy-in to ensure that the community understands disinvestment is about delivering high-value care, not cost-cutting.
All health system stakeholders, including industry, can be involved in the promotion of high-value care and in reducing use of low-value services. As part of this initiative, active participation of patients and consumers in decision-making about their healthcare should be encouraged. Overall, ongoing cooperation of all stakeholders will help to ensure disinvestment in low-value care continues so that the Australian healthcare system can provide high-value care and achieve the best possible health outcomes for all Australians.