General Practitioners and health consumers in Western Australia have offered their opinions on the Prime Minister’s proposed new health scheme.
The Health Consumers Council of WA says most patients support the Prime Minister’s scheme because they believe it will create a better health system.
Executive Director Michele Kosky says patients want a simpler process because under the current system they get lost in the bureaucracy .
“What people express is that they would like integrated, coordinated, safe health care.”
But Ms Kosky says more detail is required.
“There are a few questions around the detail that need to be answered on how the local health networks are going to work, whether consumers or patients will be involved in the design and application of those networks.”
The council of General Practice WA says there is a need for change to Australia’s health system.
President of the council, Steve Wilson is concerned that the current proposal for primary health care organisations may create more layers of bureaucracy.
Dr Wilson says the Federal Government must make general practice a strong priority.
“International evidence shows that countries that have a strong primary care sector, there is a strong investment in prevention and in general practice.”