The National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission received several hundred submissions and commissioned 24 discussion papers, one background paper and published 15 reports of consultations.
Out of all that input, it might be interesting to look at whose views really counted, when it came to developing one of the most contentious recommendations, for Medicare Select.
The Commissioners noted that those who particularly “influenced and contributed to our thinking on this issue” included:
• Mary Foley – who wrote an NHHRC discussion paper, ‘A Mixed Public-Private System for 2020′, available here. Foley has a background in the corporate health sphere as well as government and the not-for-profit sector.
• Judith Dwyer and Kathy Eagar (health policy academics) who wrote an NHHRC discussion paper ‘Options for reform of Commonwealth and State governance responsibilities for the Australian health system’. Mary Foley also had input into this paper.
• Health economist Richard Scotton (2002), ‘Managed Competition in Health Care: workshop. Canberra
• Just Stoelwinder (a health services academic, also a director of Medibank Private). (2009), ‘Sustaining Medicare – lessons from the Netherlands’, public lecture at Menzies Centre for Health Policy, Canberra
• Health economists James Butler and Alexandra Sidorenko (2007), ‘Coping with the challenges of population ageing: Policy considerations for private sector involvement in aprivate health security pillar in a universal health system in APEC economies, Australian Centre for Economic Research on Health, Research Report No.2.
• Helen Owens, whose submission can be accessed here (it’s number 250).
Just for the record, the Commisioners noted that these people may not necessarily agree with the report’s views.