Australian Unity is determined to play its part in addressing the nation’s “social infrastructure challenge’’ arising from the inter-related issues of demography and ageing, the rise of chronic disease and insufficient retirement savings.

The nation’s continuing prosperity depends on its productivity, which in turn depends on having strong and sustainable infrastructure.

This prosperity-building infrastructure goes well beyond roads and rail, ports and power generation. It also includes the “social infrastructure’’ needed to protect and enhance the health and wellbeing of all Australians.

Australian Unity believes it can play a significant role in addressing the nation’s social infrastructure challenge, particularly as it relates to the ageing population, the rise of chronic disease and the inadequacy of retirement savings.

Specifically, the nation must develop new sources of capital funding for health care and care for the ageing into the future; it must find efficiencies in the broader health care system; and it must create a financial framework that assists Australians to be more independent in retirement.

Australian Unity, as a provider of health care, care for the ageing and financial services, is in strong position both to build its own social infrastructure and advocate more broadly in the public policy debate.

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