The 2010-11 Budget and the raft of health care reform announcements that preceded
it will supply the platform on which the Rudd Government will run in the forthcoming
election. It deserves scrutiny to determine if it delivers on previous election
commitments and to assess how well it reflects the recommendations provided by the
National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission, the National Preventative Health
Task Force, the National Primary Health Care Strategy External Reference Group, the
Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Health and Ageing Working Group, the
Maternity Services Review, and reviews of rural health and MBS items.