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    Fiona

    Looks like the allied health staff then currently employed by schools and other departments such as disability might then be tacked back into health soon enough to take us off the state funding. SA are leading the way with moving therapists outt of the school’s pockets back into health.

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    Justine Caines

    Oh dear, as a committed consumer health advocate I am disappointed but sadly not surprised, under all the huff and puff it seems quite likely that the existing power dynamics will remain. Health is about the medical lobby and the insurance buck. Rudd didn’t even make a pretense of engaging consumers, embracing wellness, or reducing the influence of medical interest. Different bag containing the same rotten fruit.

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    jenauthor

    Did you actually listen to the speech Justine?

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    C@tmomma

    Whack! That’s the sound of the PM hitting the Health Reform ball out of the park!
    I think the model for Health into the future addresses the issue of the agendas of the self-interested by stating that there will be transparent scrutiny of every ‘interest group’ in the health spectrum. We, also, as the consumers on the ground, will be able to feed into the system our assessment of it all whenever we use it and feel that need to make some comment. It appeared from the PM’s speech that there will be a Health Ombudsman position created to handle complaints and that will make sure that there is no empire building, or distortions being fed in by powerful self-interest gruops such as Big Pharma, Doctors, the Health bureaurocrats. If we, the people, identify it, we can let someone know now. This also may come about by complaining to our local MP, or via the Internet. I’m sure the gov. will facilitate all possibilities with the aim of transparency and effectiveness.

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    C@tmomma

    I also think you’re wrong to say that consumers won’t get much power out of the new arrangements. If you go to ABC Midday News today there was an interview with the CEO of the Consumers Health Forum and shwas pleased with the new system’s ability to engage with the Health consumer.
    Also, in answer to a journo’s question the PM made a point of saying that the consumer of the health product would be welcome to have their say about it whenever they use a Health service.

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    Ben Harris-Roxas

    The Australian has put up the text of the National Press Club speech at http://j.mp/cLkOGi

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    Justine Caines

    Better Jen I read it. This is hospital centric reform and I think he was very light on re consumers. I also saw similar comments tonight on the 7.30 report. The local hospital authorities will no doubt be invaded by medical interest. As for consumers having a say, whoopee, I was hoping for a lot more than lip service.

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    Ben Harris-Roxas

    The transcript of the Q&A is now up at http://bit.ly/bpauhk

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    Mr Pastry

    Health services will definately improve but it means everyone will have to travel to Canberra to get them

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