The guts of it

December 2009

Up front

Connecting care for life

Volume 38, No.12, December 2009 Pages 951-952

Justin Beilby

Connecting care was one of the four reform themes that emerged during the deliberations of the National Health and Hospital Reform Commission (NHH RC). The 10 commissioners argued that the health care system needed to move to a model where people received or could access ‘comprehensive care over all their lifetime’. Forty-one of the 123 recommendations (33%) are grouped under this theme, underlining the importance of developing pragmatic and workable solutions.1 The disjointed nature of the health care system is well known and a cause of much inefficiency and frustration.2 During the NHH RC consultations, consumers constantly emphasised the need for someone to help them ‘navigate’ through our complex system‘.1

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