Catholic Health calls for vouchers for chronically ill

Catholic Health Australia has called for a new "MediLink" system to provide vouchers of up to $1000 for medical services for chronically ill patients who have been discharged from hospital.

The body's CEO Francis Sullivan said: "The rising costs of healthcare, along with the dysfunction between the hospital and aged care systems, places chronically ill patients and the elderly under unnecessary duress and financial strain."

He said the new MediLink voucher could be designed as a means tested benefit so that those able to contribute can still do so, but chronically ill people generally will not go without services due to the rising costs of healthcare.

He said the elderly are the greatest victims of the current dysfunction in health care between the Commonwealth and the States.

The policy statement was issued ahead of CHA's National Conference, which is being held in Sydney over the next three days.

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27 Aug 2007