Garrison Health Services
The Department of Defence commenced a significant reform program in 2008. One of the key elements of this activity was the Australian Defence Force Health Services (ADFHS) project. The goal of this project was to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health service delivery by:
- Rationalisation of the number of health service contracts being managed by JHC.
- Improved national standardisation of health service delivery and consistency in healthcare.
- Benefits in leveraging the purchasing power of industry service providers.
In June 2012, after a competitive tender process, MHS was announced to reform and deliver a national healthcare solution.
As a result MHS invited providers to join the GHS Provider Network which includes a standardised Provider Agreement and Terms and Conditions, including set fees.
[Due the change in service provider for the provision of healthcare service to the Australian Defence Force and the termination of the existing ADFHS contract as of 30 June 2019 Garrison Health Services are no longer accepting new applications to join the GHS provider network.]
The Schedule of Fees further offers certainty to the provider regarding remuneration for their services. Additionally it enables the ADF to appropriately manage healthcare costs through the judicious use of Commonwealth funds.
GHS does not manage or influence the ADF budget or policies. The focus is on guaranteeing healthcare continuity, clinical excellence, coordination of the best access to healthcare providers, and improving the value of every healthcare dollar spent by the ADF and, ultimately, by the Australian taxpayer.