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Briefing paper

The impact of Australian hospital medicines funding on achieving the objectives of the National Medicines Policy

19 Dec 2017

In Australia, the National Medicines Policy (NMP) provides a framework for the way we use medicines across our health services with an aim to deliver medicines and related services while achieving optimal health outcomes and value. The policy identifies key objectives to achieve its aim: the quality use of medicines; access to cost-effective medicines’ medicines meeting standards of safety and quality; and a viable medicines industry. 

The funding of medicines in Australia is complex, with many factors contributing to who funds what medicines and when they are funded. Further, medicines funding, particularly in hospitals, has become increasingly fragmented over time. Moving towards a less complex funding model that is integrated and patient-centric may help achieve government intentions at both federal and state and territory levels as well as meeting objectives of the NMP.

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