CHA welcomes government health productivity call

Three areas targeted

Catholic Health Australia says Australia's health funding is unsustainable, but quality improvements and cost efficiencies without essential service cuts can be achieved by expanding not-for-profit health care delivery.

In a statement yesterday following Health Minister Peter Dutton's Wednesday address to the Committee for Economic Development of Australia in Brisbane, CHA chief executive officer Martin Laverty said not-for-profit health services have a long history of delivering hospital care and they are seeking a new partnership with governments.

'A Productivity Commission comparison of government and non-government-owned hospitals found non-government hospitals deliver average admissions at less per patient cost than government-owned hospitals, with higher quality outcomes,' Mr Laverty said.

'Substantial public funding of the nation's hospital system could be saved by a new mechanism of enabling not-for-profit hospitals to deliver more public services and also by encouraging greater management efficiency in government-owned hospitals.'

Mr Laverty responded to the Health Minister's suggestion of a national conversation on health system sustainability by arguing a new health reform program was needed that focused on three key areas: patient outcome improvement, a productivtiy agenda, a waste-reduction strategy.

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Catholic Health says Dutton's health productivity call long overdue (CHA media release)

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