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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 14 Hansard (Thursday, 30 November 2017) . . Page.. 5470 ..

the ACT budget—the largest proportion of expenditure compared to any other output; Australian government support for public hospitals is now capped, and it can grow no faster than 6.5 per cent each year; the ACT has an ageing population and there is an increase in chronic disease and increasing complexity of disease and co-morbidity rates; and discussion has started between the Australian and state and territory governments on new national health agreements.

The committee terms of reference resolve to inquire into and report on the future sustainability of health funding in the ACT, with particular reference to: the efficiency of current health financing, particularly examining the alignment of funding with the purpose of the ACT’s health services, including the provision of quality and accessible health care to patients when they need it, the nature of health funding and how it improves patient outcomes, the sources and interaction of health financing in the ACT including ACT government funding, Australian government funding including Medicare, private health insurance, consumer out-of-pocket payments, and other sources; the impact on health financing of population growth and demographic transitions in the ACT and the surrounding region; and technological advancements and health innovation.

It is also inquiring into the relationship between hospital financing and primary, secondary and community care, including the interface with the national disability insurance scheme and residential aged care; funding the future capital needs of the health system in the ACT; relevant experiences and learnings from other jurisdictions, including other Australian states and territories; and any other relevant matter.

The committee will call for public submissions and will report back to the Legislative Assembly before the last sitting day of 2018.

Statement by chair

MR STEEL (Murrumbidgee) (5.47): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Health, Ageing and Community Services.

At a private meeting on 21 November 2017, the committee resolved to conduct an inquiry into the implementation, performance and governance of the national disability insurance scheme in the ACT.

The committee has agreed to terms of reference and will consider the relationship between the ACT government and commonwealth government in regard to the NDIS and the National Disability Insurance Agency as it affects the ACT, particularly gaps or duplicate roles and responsibilities; practical outcomes of implementation in relation to disability workforce development strategies, the human services registrar, the availability of services for eligible NDIS participants, the availability of early childhood intervention services, the implementation of local area coordination, and supports for people with psychosocial disabilities; whether there are unique factors relating to the provision of disability services affected by the implementation of the NDIS in the ACT; and any other matter relating to the implementation of the NDIS in the ACT.

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