, Volume 29, Issue 2, pp 47-50
Date: 06 Dec 2006

Provision of pharmaceuticals in Australian hospitals: equity of access?

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Abstract

In Australia, medicines are funded under a complex set of financial arrangements. Currently there are dual funding arrangements in public and private hospitals that can lead to differences in patient access to medications. There are considerable concerns about the consequences of the fragmentation and “lack of cohesion of the system”. Some decision-makers consider there are inequities because of the funding models in place. What follows is a description of this system.