The announcement of the Australian Federal Budget is one of the most important dates on the calendar for the healthcare industry, and for The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). The RACP Federal Budget submission is a significant piece of work produced by the RACP, representing the policy priorities of the Fellows and trainees of all Divisions, Faculties and Chapters.
The health of Australia’s population is ranked among the best in the world. Life expectancy continues to rise, however increasing life expectancy brings with it the challenges of an ageing population. This changing healthcare profile of the Australian population has presented significant challenges to a healthcare system that is designed for episodic acute and emergency care, and single disease presentations. Healthcare expenditure is ballooning and additional demands are being placed on an already strained health workforce.
The RACP, as the organisation that trains, educates and advocates for specialist physicians in Australia, is committed to working collaboratively with the Australian Government to improve the healthcare system and health outcomes for all Australians. The RACP 2013 – 2014 Budget Submission presents feasible solutions to meet patient needs and overcome healthcare system challenges.