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Forget health takeovers, here’s how to fix hospital funding and chronic disease care

Forget health takeovers, here’s how to fix hospital funding and chronic disease care

Stephen Duckett and Peter Breadon write: After a shaky start, the Commonwealth Government is finally starting a debate about how Australia’s future health system should look. Next week, the prime minister and premiers will meet to discuss some big reform options, such as a radical centralisation or devolution of health care. It looks like Treasurer […]

National Partnership Agreement on Improving Public Hospital Services: Performance report for 2013

National Partnership Agreement on Improving Public Hospital Services: Performance report for 2013

Today the National Partnership Agreement on Improving Public Hospital Services: Performance report for 2013 has been made public. For this Victorian, the results were certainly disappointing.  Below is the full media release from the COAG Reform Council. I would also encourage you to look at the full report here. We have a long way to […]

Hospitals may be dragging the chain on social media but here’s how one senior exec became a convert

Hospitals may be dragging the chain on social media but here’s how one senior exec became a convert

In North America, hospitals seem to have been quicker than other parts of the health sector to realise the potential of social media. As a recent Canadian report investigating the potential of social media to contribute to better health care said: “Compared to other types of healthcare institutions, hospitals are overwhelmingly early adopters of social […]

Health memo to COAG part four: forget about the ideology

Health memo to COAG part four: forget about the ideology

Continuing the Croakey series of articles on health reform in the lead-up to next week’s COAG meeting, health policy analyst Jennifer Doggett argues that the public hospital system should be made more responsive to patients’ needs. She writes: “It’s unfortunate that the debate about Medicare Select has turned into a battle, along ideological lines, between […]

Some thoughts about hospitals and the Productivity Commission

Some thoughts about hospitals and the Productivity Commission

As mentioned previously at Croakey, the Productivity Commission is studying the relative performance of public and private hospitals with a draft report scheduled for release in September and a final report due to go to the Government in November. As part of the study, the Commission has been requested to consider: comparative hospital and medical […]

Why Roxon needs to move beyond talking about hospital waiting lists

Why Roxon needs to move beyond talking about hospital waiting lists

The State of our Public Hospitals report released today is the second such document released under Minister Roxon’s reign. The report, whose publication is required under the Australian Health Care Agreements, inevitably leads to media reports comparing and contrasting the performance of the various states and territories, especially around elective surgery waiting  times. In the […]

Boosting private hospitals doesn’t help us: public hospital chief

Boosting private hospitals doesn’t help us: public hospital chief

For years, we’ve been repeatedly told that when Governments plough public money into subsidising private health insurance and private hospitals, they’re doing it to help the public hospital system. Prue Power is executive director of the Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association, which represents public healthcare, and whose members include Queensland Health, South Australian Health, Tasmanian […]

One to watch: Productivity Commission on private vs public hospitals

One to watch: Productivity Commission on private vs public hospitals

The Assistant Treasurer, Chris Bowen, has announced that the Productivity Commission will study the relative performance of the public and private hospital systems. The study will compare treatment costs, including out-of pocket patient expenses and rates of fully informed financial consent. Rates of hospital acquired infections and other indicators will also be considered. The findings, […]

Beyond the headlines in maternity care

Beyond the headlines in maternity care

A study comparing outcomes for public and private hospital births was published in the Medical Journal of Australia in February. It attracted dramatic headlines. “Public hospital births double risk for mother and baby, says report,” said the Age. “Babies die less often in private hospitals,” said the Australian. “Private hospital births safer than public: study,” […]

We need a fairer health system says public hospitals boss

We need a fairer health system says public hospitals boss

Prue Power, Executive Director, Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association, adds to the debate about health inequalities: “As the peak national body for public health services, including public hospitals, the AHHA has a strong commitment to equity within our health system. While Australia’s health system performs well compared with many other countries, in terms of equity […]