- Registration with general practice (in particular for people with chronic conditions);
- Better utilisation of the health workforce (including increasing the role of practice nurses and allied health professionals);
- Reconsidering the GP gatekeeper role (E.g. do we always need a GP to authorize repeat prescriptions or provide referrals to specialists?);
- Tackling over-testing and over-prescribing (there is evidence to suggest that a significant proportion of tests being performed are either unnecessary or duplicative);
- Establishment of community health centres with salaried staff (particularly in medically under-served and lower socio-economic status areas);
- Increasing the value of existing health expenditure (through reducing funding for low value services, improving clinical practices and increasing generic substitution of medicines);
- Increased transparency around specialist fees (giving consumers more power to question unusually high charges); and
- Consumer payment strategies (assisting consumers manage their OOP costs over time)."
Read the Crickey article here.