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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