Announced in March 2016, with trials rolling out from early 2017, the Federal Government’s ‘Health Care Homes’ program will aim to keep patients with complex or chronic illnesses out of the hospital system. Eligible patients may register with a general practitioner who will become their ‘Health Care Home’. The patient’s ongoing treatment plan will be developed and managed by their ‘Health Care Home’.

However, some in the healthcare industry fear underfunding will undermine the program’s success. The government has committed $21 million to the trial rollout, with another $100 million to be redirected from the existing Medicare pool to pay participating general practitioners. Dr Frank Jones, President of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, said the College had “misgivings about the dollars”.

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