Discuss motives for medical benefits schedule and pharmaceutical benefits scheme access to nurse practitioners and midwives
Discuss motives for medical benefits schedule and pharmaceutical benefits scheme access to nurse practitioners and midwives. Question 1 Activity based funding for hospitals
In an August 2007 news release, Canadian Doctors for Medicare warned that an “over-dependence on activity-based payments would also erode hospitals’ commitment to providing a full range of services to all patients and reduce efficiency through higher administrative costs.” What are the economic reasons for the Australian government introducing activity based funding (ABF) to Australian Public Hospitals in 2012? Do you agree with the criticisms of this method of funding made by Canadian Doctors? Overall, do you think that ABF is an improvement on the way hospitals were funded in Australia? Explain your reasons.
Question 2 Health workforce
From 1 November 2010 nurse practitioners and midwives have been able to access the Medicare Benefits Schedule and provide Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme medicines in the community. Previously, nurse practitioners could provide advanced level care but because of their lack of access to the MBS and PBS this severely limited roles outside the hospital setting. Why has the government done this? Or, perhaps, why has it taken so long for the government to do this?
Question 4 The economics of breastfeeding
Although much research still is needed in this area, evidence suggests that a significant return on investment is likely with breastfeeding promotion. What do you think? Is there a strong economic case against breastfeeding? Or is there a strong economic case for breastfeeding?
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