AMA Submission IHPA work program 2017-18

7 Jun 2017

As in previous years, the AMA appreciates IHPA’s effort to document its proposed activities as part of its Work Program 2017-18 and the opportunity for stakeholders to provide comments.

While the continued use of ABF is clearly preferred to alternative models (including grant funding arrangements as applied before ABF, and the Commonwealth’s previous decision to switch to hospital funding based on annual indexation by CPI and population growth only), ABF and the NEP as currently implemented have shortcomings. The submission also covers the issue of funding for sentinel events, hospital acquired complications, bundled pricing for maternity care, mental health services, teaching training and research and evaluation.