EXTRACT from an article Eleanor Malbon & Gemma Carey.
The potentially life transforming benefits of National Disability Insurance Scheme won’t be a safety net for all if the market is weak. PSRG researchers canvas what options the government’s market stewards have to ensure none are left behind.
The NDIS has the potential to secure gains in health and wellbeing for thousands of Australians living with disability, but this can only be achieved with careful attention to the inequities that arise in the scheme. The NDIS has been beset with implementation issues due to a rushed implementation that has been noted by the Productivity Commission, amongst others.
New research, supported by the NHMRC Centre for Excellence in Disability and Health, shows that the use of the NDIS market to enable choice and control for people in the NDIS is vulnerable to unequal distribution. As the NDIS is structured, choice and control is reliant on the ability for participants to have new and better service providers to choose from. However the rushed implementation means that the danger of ‘thin markets’ – areas with only one or two providers of a disability service – is acute.
The NDIS is not one market, but rather a set of markets in different geographic locations, meaning that the health of markets in regional and remote areas is not reliant on market performance in cities. Markets in remote and regional communities are most at risk of becoming thin markets:
SOURCE: Malbon, Eleanor and Carey, Gemma. “Protecting equity in the National Disability Insurance Scheme.” The Mandarin, 8 November 2017.
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