How the Physical Activity, Fitness and Exercise Sector Can Save Medicare
It is generally accepted that Medicare and the Australian Health system is in its worst condition since it was established 40 years ago. Pending a cross government review the usual suspects are calling for more money to be injected but this is not addressing the core problem; Australia’s Health system is based on reaction not pro-action . It functions on the basis of treating diagnosed problems not preventing the problem in the first place.
Significant national and international research, and practice, indicates the substantial cost savings of investing in preventative health policies; somewhere between four and six dollars saved for every one dollar spent. Common sense tells us that less sick Australians means less demand on the health system.
Our sector is integral to bolstering and implementing an effective preventative health strategy but it will require a major shift in thinking both within our sector and by government. The session will outline what is required and the benefits of taking a leading role.