Hunt retains health ministry

Greg Hunt has been returned as head of the health ministry in the new Morrison cabinet despite having resigned last week as part of the failed attempt to install Peter Dutton as prime minister.

New Prime Minister Scott Morrison has opted to retain Mr Hunt in the position, along with Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health Ken Wyatt.

Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie retains her role as Minister for Rural Health and Minister for Sport.

Consumers Health Forum CEO Leanne Wells said it was “good to see” that Mr Hunt was retained “to maintain continuity on health initiatives including reviews of the Medicare Benefits Schedule, reforms to primary care and out of pocket costs, and embedding My Health Record as a key feature of a modern health care system”.

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# Terry Hannan 2018-08-28 07:51
To Leanne Wells. the statement “to maintain continuity on health initiatives including reviews of the Medicare Benefits Schedule, reforms to primary care and out of pocket costs, and embedding My Health Record as a key feature of a modern health care system”, reflects a major issue why HIT (eHealth) continues to "fall so short of its promises?” [Ross Koppel 2016 review]. the focus is on $ and not patient care. The MyHR is not directly focussed on direct patient care and on the current modelling will never be able to do so. Also there are a multitude of factors driving gap payments. One of these is the medical profession itself who are making care more expensive because it is harmful, or poor quality and error prone as well as retaining the fee for service model.

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