The funding arrangements for primary healthcare are complex. Funding is sourced from different levels of government. It lacks co-ordination 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 healthcare 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?