The ACT Liberal Democratic Party believes that you are the best person to manage your health.
The ACT Liberal Democratics acknowledge renewing independence and reducing government interference in the right of individuals to manage their own health will take generational change.
We reject assertions such as: ‘reducing funding to health will always result in less or worse service provision’. Rather, we believe that rapidly increasing health costs in the ACT and Australia means that governments will have to find smarter ways to provide services.
The ACT Liberal Democratic Party:
Government spending on health is the largest item in the Territory’s budget. Each year this spending increases far above population growth, inflation and other factors such as an ageing population. The current Labor government has been forced to concede that the “ACT Government will be forced to reduce [health services] growth from historic growth in Commonwealth funding of around 11 per cent to around 5 per cent per annum”1.
The Labor government misses the point. It argues in the ACT budget papers that the “biggest health spend ever” is a positive thing. Rather, the ACT Government like all other states and territories must learn to do more with less by reducing inefficiencies, poor practices and removing needless red tape.
An audit report in 2009 found that there was intentional misreporting by senior managers of the Canberra Hospital. The ACT Liberal Democrats would immediately call for a comprehensive and independent audit of services to ensure that issues identified in 2009 have been addressed.
The ACT Liberal Democrats do not support the current interference from the federal government in ACT health policy and its conditional health funding arrangements.
Assuming that the current federal system remains in place, the ACT Liberal Democrats will focus on the following initiatives to address the unsustainable growth in public health spending:
1. Page 30, Chapter 2, 2015-16 Budget Paper No. 3. report