The Australian Health Care Association says a proposed change in the Australian healthcare system to establish "fundholding", a capitation payment system for doctors, could lead to rationing of healthcare, according to the Sydney Morning Herald .
That would make Australia's health care system more like the British, which reportedly suffers from medical rationing.
While Australia's health care payment system also is government run, it currently has a fee-for-service payment structure.
In capitation, a doctor gets paid a fixed amount for each patient, regardless of how much treatment that patient receives. In fee-for-service, the doctor gets paid a fixed amount for each item of service.