The Importance Of The National Health Agreement In Australia

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The nation-wide agreement was established and agreed upon at a Council of Australian Governments (COAG) summit on the second of August two thousand and eleven. The National health agreement was entered into by all states and territories to provide the necessary framework to facilitate measures that improve transparency, governance and financing within the Australian healthcare system. Clearly defining Commonwealth, state and territory governments to work in unison to improve the health care outcome of all Australians and to also ensure the sustainability of the Australian health system. It created a nationally unified approach to healthcare within Australia. Approaches were made to improve local accountability and responsiveness to the communities. …show more content…
The ABF is about three C’s. Classification so the activities are sorted into groups that use similar resources by placing them into codes or classes that provide clinical meaningful ways of relating a patient’s needs. Thus providing the required resources to effectively treat that patient without wastage. Counting is the process of applying same rules and units to measure the amount of activity that occurs. Costing then puts a dollar amount on the resources required to be utilised to provide this care in the classified group. The ABF has five health service streams acute admitted care, emergency care, non-admitted care, subacute care and admitted mental health care (Victoria State Governement, n.d.) (Independant Hospital Pricing Authority , n.d.; Wylie, et al., 2014; Australian Government , …show more content…
Innovative models for rural areas need to be established around a mix of the above funding options. People that have complex needs can then chose to stay within their local area for treatment. Community and family ties are vital for the holistic well-being of patients. Numerous studies including World Health Organisation (WHO) have shown this is to be vital to improving outcomes, if patients are closer to home. Examples are antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care, chemotherapy and renal services etcetera (Bennett, 2013; National Rural Health Alliance Inc,

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