Medicare Local now Primary Health Networks

PATIENTS in Page are set to receive better access to frontline health services following the announcement of who will be running new Primary Health Networks locally, Page MP Kevin Hogan has said.

Primary Health Networks - or PHNs - are part of the Federal Government's plans to improve the health of the nation and will replace Medicare Locals from July 1.

North Coast Medicare Local has been appointed as the Primary Health operator for the North Coast.

"The Federal Government wants to ensure the people of Page are able to access the right care, in the right place, at the right time and Primary Health Care networks form a core part of our plan," Mr Hogan said.

"The key difference between Primary Health Networks and Medicare Locals is that PHNs will focus on improving access to frontline services, not backroom bureaucracy as we saw under the previous government.

"This is backed by the fact PHNs will deliver improved access to primary care services for local patients, as well as better co-ordination with local hospitals, while at the same time improving the overall operational efficiency of the network by 30 per cent.

The nation's 31 new Primary Health Networks will better align with state Local Hospital Networks, Mr Hogan said.

Mr Hogan said PHNs would work directly with GPs, other primary health care providers, secondary care providers, hospitals and the broader community to ensure improved outcomes for patients.

Mr Hogan said the Government had also added additional checks and balances via the creation of PHN Community Advisory Committees, which will ensure all patients and local communities can provide feedback to, and have direct input into, the PHN to ensure they deliver the localised health care requirements that were unique to their region.

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