In protecting ourselves from a physical virus, we have created a ‘virus’ that will continue to impact our community’s mental health. We need to acknowledge this and work together as a community to support each other and to ensure no one is left behind.
If we were to design healthcare around a patient and their family, it would look quite different to how it does today. This requires an appetite for change, and we think consumers are ready, but funders, providers and governments need to be responsive too.
Private health insurance customers are forced by law to pay more for prostheses than public hospitals pay. This contributes to rising premiums and it's unfair to consumers. There is a better way to pay for prostheses to reduce pressure on premiums.
We welcome further government reforms to private health insurance, but they must be focused on improving affordability and sustainability in the long term. Major changes are needed if we are to protect Australia's strong public-private healthcare system.
During the changing situation with COVID-19 it’s important we take care of ourselves, family and friends to get through this uncertain time.
Despite Australia’s recent elevation to the top five world health systems, we still have significant inequity in the medical and social care available for those with serious mental illnesses, especially for those living in regional Australia.