Performance of Public and Private Hospital Systems – Commissioned study by the Productivity Commission 15 May 2009

Posted on May 15, 2009. Filed under: Health Systems Improvement, Nat Hlth & Hosps Reform Comm | Tags: |

Performance of Public and Private Hospital Systems – Commissioned study

Issues paper released 22 June 2009

Performance of Public and Private Hospital Systems issues paper (PDF – 322 Kb)

“The Australian Government has asked the Productivity Commission to examine and report on the relative performance of the public and private hospital systems, and related data issues. As part of the study, the Commission has been requested to consider:

* comparative hospital and medical costs for clinically similar procedures performed by public and private hospitals
* the rate of hospital-acquired infections by type, reported by public and private hospitals
* rates of fully-informed financial consent for privately insured patients treated as private patients in both public and private hospitals
* out-of-pocket expenses for patients who do not receive enough financial information to give fully-informed financial consent
* best-practice examples of where fully-informed financial consent is provided for every procedure
* other relevant performance indicators, including the ability of such indicators to inform comparisons of hospital performance and efficiency.

If any of the above tasks prove not fully possible because of conceptual problems or data limitations, the Commission is to propose developments to improve the feasibility of future comparisons.

The Commission has also been asked to advise the Government on the most appropriate indexation factor for the Medicare Levy Surcharge thresholds.”

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