Financing and the quality framework

Aust Fam Physician. Jan-Feb 2007;36(1-2):32-4.

Abstract

Background: Using a quality framework can assist in the design of payment arrangements to ensure that the optimal effects of health funding are achieved.

Objective: This article examines the finance domain of The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Quality Framework for Australian General Practice.

Discussion: The quality of the care general practitioners and their teams provide is affected by the way the GPs and team members are paid, both within the practice and through programs such as the Medicare Benefits Schedule. These payment arrangements do not always promote high quality and can have unintended negative consequences.

MeSH terms

  • Australia
  • Family Practice / economics
  • Family Practice / organization & administration
  • Financial Management*
  • National Health Programs
  • Organizational Case Studies
  • Quality of Health Care / economics*
  • Quality of Health Care / organization & administration