Pulse+IT Poll: June 21 - ALP health policies preferred, eHealth MIA
With the protracted election campaign drawing to a close and eHealth related policy announcements missing in action, this week Pulse+IT took a wider view of the sector and asked readers the following question:
Which political party has the best health policy?
The results as at COB on Monday, June 27 were as follows:
|Tuesday||14 (58%)||7 (29%)||3 (13%)||24|
|Wednesday||17 (49%)||9 (26%)||9 (26%)||35|
|Thursday||15 (58%)||4 (15%)||7 (27%)||26|
|Friday||11 (41%)||10 (37%)||6 (22%)||27|
|Monday||7 (70%)||3 (30%)||0 (0%)||10|
|Total||64 (52%)||33 (27%)||25 (20%)||122|
With over half of Pulse+IT poll respondents this week preferencing the ALP's health policies (52 per cent) over those of the Greens (27 per cent) and the LNP (20 per cent), it is clear that Pulse+IT readers are not impressed with the performance of the incumbent federal government when it comes to health.
However with the election result seemly a forgone conclusion, it is difficult to get too excited about the health policies of the ALP and the Greens, even if they have provided much more comprehensive guidance to the electorate about their plans for health than the LNP.
Regardless of who forms government next week, the post-election Senate and campaigning from within the profession is likely to make it difficult for the LNP to stay the course on many of its more controversial health policies, such as the ongoing Medicare rebate freeze which is clearly troubling many Pulse+IT readers.
As far as eHealth related federal government initiatives go, the My Health Record appears to be the initiative with little indication that anything is likely to change in this regard after the election.
This week's Pulse+IT Poll question for Australian readers is: Which jurisdiction do you see as the most competent in delivering IT projects in healthcare?
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