THE DLP BELIEVES EVERY AUSTRALIAN IS ENTITLED TO ACCESS HEALTH SERVICES
The Federally-funded Medicare scheme should remain the main provider of general practice services. Health policies must integrate hospitals with primary care and community based services. Faith-based hospitals and health services are entitled to religious liberty in employment and in the provision of their services. Healthcare workers are entitled to freedom of conscience, and their right to conscientious objection must be protected. Patients have the right to be fully informed of their diagnosis, possible treatment, risks and side effects of treatment, benefits and costs of treatment.
Patients have the right to refuse treatment and undertake an advanced medical directive, or nominate a healthcare proxy.
The DLP believes Australia is desperate for a new funding system for hospitals. The current system allocates funding in a politicized manner geared to attract votes rather than directly address the real issues. The DLP proposes the establishment of an independent funding body to allocate funding on a needs basis. This will localize decision-making by empowering hospital boards, and ensuring that hospital funding is not politicized. Funding should be provided six months prior to the start of each financial year. The funding for hospitals is to accommodate clinical training of medical postgraduates, and increasing the number of internships to accommodate all Australian trained medical graduates. It should also increase the number of graduate placements for nurses, to allow realistic levels of nursing staff to provide acceptable patient care.
NEW FUNDING FOR HOSPITALS
An Independent funding body will be formed to allocate funding on a needs basis, and not in a politicized manner.
INCREASE IN INTERNSHIPS
Internships to be increased in number to accommodate all Australian trained medical graduates.
INCREASE IN NURSING NUMBERS
The number of graduate places for nurses will be increased to allow for the provision of patient care based on patient needs, and not nurse-patient ratios.
Faith-based hospitals and health services will be entitled to religious liberty in employment and provision of their services.
PATIENT RIGHT TO INFORMATION
Patients have the right to be fully informed of their diagnosis.
RIGHT TO REFUSE TREATMENT
Patients have the right to refuse treatment of their condition should they choose to do so.