The Gillard Government’s health reform legislation passed through parliament without too much fanfare last year, marking the end to the political debates around health reform. Importantly, the legislation gave the go-ahead for the establishment of a National Health Performance Authority (NHPA) to monitor, report on and evaluate the performance of Australia’s public hospitals and primary care providers. But it remains unclear how the NHPA will work and whether the Performance and Accountability Framework, on which the authority will be based, will actually drive reform. In making these decisions, it’s important the government does its homework and learns from similar systems that have been implemented elsewhere in the world – most notably, in the United Kingdom.
Read the full paper: Valderas JM (2012) Health targets, indicators and incentives: handle with care, The Conversation, 12 April 2012.
Contact: Dr Jose M Valderas, LSE Health and Social Care, email@example.com