So the Commonwealth is going to take over 60% of the nation’s public hospital funding. It makes sense, since the shared responsibility ultimately meant no real responsibility, and since the Commonwealth is the body that collects taxation, the states are an unnecessary middle-man in an area like health care provision – although I’m not sure why they’re leaving the other 40% where it is.
Of course, being the ALP, I can’t shake the feeling that there’ll be a sting in the tail when we look at it more closely. For a start, it still appears to lack proper funding for things like dental or mental health – it remains utterly absurd that the poor don’t have access to a dental scheme – and it’s not like the ALP is really going to tackle the fundamental inequities of a two-tier health system.
But it looks like a change in the right direction, at least.