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    I have a few questions for Kevin Rudd re health reform:

    Why is the Federal Government’s new maternity legislation forcing Australian women into hospitals against their will to give birth when thousands of women around the country want the choice to birth at home with a private midwife (saving the taxpayer and the Government thousands of dollars for every birth)?

    Why will the Federal Government fund women to have a late term abortion (if a woman chooses to do this) or an elective caesarean for non-medical reasons but they will not fund a woman to have a safe home birth with a private practice midwife?

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    Why will my right to choose my place of birth and care provider be taken away by your government? Is the government happy knowing that this will force many women (like myself) to birth without a care provider?

    Why will the government happily pay the costs of an obstetrician as a care provider for a pregnant woman, when some obstetricians have surgical rates (c/sec) greater than 80%? Why will the government not pay for me to hire a midwife with surgical rates of 3% – which is inline with the WHO recommendation.

    If the government insists that women birth in hospitals, what are they doing to address the appalling hospital maternity practices (over 30% c/sec rate, very low intervention free birth rate, women suffer ptsd from hospital birth – I did) that make women consider birthing outside of hospital settings?

    Is the government aware of the link between over medicalised births and pnd and ptsd?

    What is the government doing to reduce the grossly overindulgent rates of c/sec within the maternity system?

    Does the government realise they are attacking a woman’s right to bodily integrity?

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    Ben Harris-Roxas

    – What’s in this policy that will specifically reduce health inequalities?
    – You’ve said you’re committed to evidence-based policy; what evidence is this policy based on?
    – You’ve described this as a “better hospitals” policy; what does this policy do for community health services? Mental health teams, child and family nurses, etc
    – Where’s prevention in this policy?

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    Raymond Bange

    Given that healthcare should begin with the patient and not at the hospital or clinic door, what has the new health policy done about recognising the vital role of out-of-hospital emergency medical services (EMS) and the sustainability and registration of
    Australia’s most trusted professionals – the paramedics?

    Will EMS be the recipient of a stream of national funding or be left out of the health care equation once again?

    Why does EMS currently not qualify for Medicare style benefits when many of the interventions performed by paramedics would receive a benefit if performed by a registered
    practitioner with a provider number? Will this situation change under the new national health policy?

    Ray Bange
    Governance and EMS policy consultant

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    Most Peculiar Mama

    Q. What have you done for the last 13 years toward formulating a health care policy?

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    Do you propose to base the definition of “efficient cost” on fully absorbed costs or marginal costs ?

    A simple question – please give a simple answer (a) or (b).

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    Do you propose to base the definition of “efficient cost” on fully absorbed costs or marginal costs ?

    A simple question.


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