National Health Reform Agreement
COAG agreed, out-of-session in August 2011, to the National Health Reform Agreement, which will deliver major reforms to the organisation, funding and delivery of health and aged care.
The Agreement sets out the shared intention of the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments to work in partnership to improve health outcomes for all Australians and ensure the sustainability of the Australian health system.
The reforms will achieve better access to services, improved local accountability and transparency, greater responsiveness to local communities and provide a stronger financial basis for our health system into the future through increased Commonwealth funding. This new agreement gives effect to the commitment made by COAG on 13 February 2011, and in doing so, supersedes the National Health and Hospitals Network Agreement and the Heads of Agreement on National Health Reform.
Under the National Health Reform Agreement, the Commonwealth is providing an extra $16.4 billion, through to 2019-20, for public hospitals.