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Health Care    CATHOLIC BODY TO PUSH FOR UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE
Catholic Health Australia, the peak body representing the Church's health and aged care institutions, is calling for all political parties to foster a fairer health and aged care system.
    "There are still people in our community who have limited access to essential care," said the organisations executive director Francis Sullivan.
    "We are committed to maintaining Medicare as a universal health care entitlement based on appropriately funded benchmarks of care. Health care improvement must be based on quality benchmarks of care, not economic imperatives," he said.
    "CHA also promotes research and preventative health measures. Given Australia's ageing population, CHA will advocate for a long term, aged care financing policy covering home, community and residential based care funding," he continued.
    Catholic Health Australia has just announced its Advocacy Policy for 2000-2001, which reconfirms its existing commitment to working for a fairer health and aged care system that promotes the dignity of all people. The policy is available online in a document titled Speaking With One Voice, at www.cha.org.au.
   
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26 July 00



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