Scott Morrison’s plans to shake up our health and aged care system 187



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He’s the new Treasurer and Scott Morrison is wasting no time getting down to business with aged care and health in his sights.

Details of the agenda of the next treasurer meeting on October 16, have been revealed today via a report of the Harper review. It found, “Productivity growth is lower in service sectors, such as aged care and health, which are expected to expand while sectors with higher productivity growth, such as fin­an­cial services, are expected to ­decline as a share of the economy”.

Mr Morrison told The Weekend Australian yesterday evening that it was clear the states and territories needed to be involved if changes were to be made.

At Thursday’s economic mini-summit business groups raised concerns about waste and lack of results in state health and education sectors. They, like us, want change, but is competition in private vs public the right way?

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann told Sky News an idea being brought forward would include a diversity of providers competing with each other to deliver better services, both in terms of quality and cost to those who need it.

Mr Cormann said, “That is of course good for patients and it is good for our country as a whole”. He also mentioned there was an increased demand for aged care services for the ageing population.



At the October 16 treasurer meeting, the tax debate will be on the table and state treasurers will be forced to make decisions.

Mr Morrison told AFR that the whole reform push was “an academic exercise if we are unable to convince the public that this will leave them better off and more capable of dealing with the challenges coming towards us”.


So, what do you think?


Emma Greenbury

  1. Since when has privatising anything make it cheaper. Don’t give me that competition bullshit.

  2. Isn’t it funny when you hear about competition in medical services you know it’s government speak for the costs to rise to consumers

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    • This Liberal gov Fed & State want to sell all our assets & privatize the rest, it’s in their DNA. Privatization means ‘the bottom line’ & making money for the shareholders. Overseas investors get involved Citizens then get left behind.

  3. Privatision has never reduced costs..never will. This is Privatision. Why do we pay taxes?????

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    • To pay for everything the government pays that is why you pay taxes…..or do you think they come out of fresh air.

    • Govs are meant to look after people..not Corporates..look at ou roads..rubbisj..ambulaces ramping and people cannot get care..yet politicians cut the essential services funding for the gain of corporates and their own back pockets..Judith Forbes

  4. If the government axed the CEO’s and at least half the other beauracracy in health and education, there would be a lot more efficient services and they wouldn’t need to make cuts. With the many tiers of management, no one makes a decision and they bicker so much. Hospitals run well in weekends without management, so why have them? With them comes secretaries and so on and so on.

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    • Perhaps but they don’t actually do much work on weekends. The work is scheduled for the normal working week when people normally are happier to work.

    • You can also take in community health you have people wearing 3 hats and picking up the benefits

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