This submission reiterates the key points made by the Business Council of Australia to the Senate Community Affairs Committee when they were inquiring into the first of these bills.
First, the BCA considers the need for health reform to be urgent if the current issues besetting Australia’s health system are to be addressed in a timely and efficient manner.
Second, the outcomes of health reform should be to improve the health of all Australians, and to improve the performance of the healthcare sector.
Third, we support the minister’s view that ensuring that taxpayers and patients receive value for money and all Australians have access to affordable, quality and appropriate healthcare services is essential.
Fourth, we can learn more from our history of economic reform and our success in creating independent regulatory bodies in other large and complex sectors.
Specifically, the issues which submission draws to the attention of the committee are the overall system governance design, who the authority reports to, and its degree of independence, focus and objectives and coverage.