The funding arrangements for primary health care are complex. Funding is sourced from different levels of government. It lacks coordination and incentivises acute care over primary care.
The difficulties in attracting and retaining a rural health workforce, together with the continuing poorer health outcomes for rural and regional Australians, require a new approach to primary health care with a focus on innovative models of care.
The current funding arrangements are a major constraint on innovation. How can alternative funding arrangements promote innovative models of care?