CHF identified eight key policy areas in its 2019 Election Priorities. Across these, we called for 37 key commitments from Australia’s political parties which would lay the groundwork for a sustainable health system that ensures people get the right care, at the right time and at the right cost.
We invited the Liberal-National Coalition (the Coalition), Australian Labor Party (ALP) and the Australian Greens (the Greens) to respond directly to our reform recommendations. We indicated to all parties our intention to publish their responses alongside our appraisal.
We have received responses from all three parties and these are published alongside this summation. We also collected statements made by the parties during and in the months prior to the 2019 Federal election campaign and compared them to our calls for reform.
This appraisal is confined to how the parties’ rate against our election priorities in Priorities for the 2019 Federal Election: Making Health Better launched on 23 April. We have conducted this appraisal using two sources: public statements made by the major parties during the election campaign and the parties’ responses to our letter. It is not CHF’s comparative assessment of the major parties’ health platforms overall.