Author: ACHR

This report shows that public hospitals have generated a net deficit from operations of more than $700 million annually in the past five financial years, and are facing short- and long-term financial sustainability issues. ...

A new web report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows that palliative care related hospitalisations have risen by over 50% in the last decade. Palliative care aims to improve the quality of life of patients and their families facing a life threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering. The...

This AIHW report shows health expenditure growth in 2013–14 was relatively slow according to most measures. This growth was higher than the 1.1% growth experienced in 2012–13 but 1.9 percentage points lower than the average annual growth over the past decade (5.0%)....

Max Kamien, Emeritus Professor of General Practice & Corlis Fellow of the RACGP at University of Western Australia; Australia spent $16 billion on GP-related health care in 2012-13. That’s about $690 for each person. Given that our public health system means each of us is paying for health care...

Stephen Leeder, Emeritus Professor, Menzies Centre for Health Policy at University of Sydney; The federal contribution to hospital funding will be cut in 2017, putting pressure on the states and territories to meet the growing cost of health care. If we wish to increase the state and territory contribution...

“Exposing and stopping wastage in the Australian health system would deliver savings to Government and lead to improved healthcare without the need to raise taxes,” according to Private Healthcare Australia CEO, Dr Michael Armitage. The Council of Australian Governments should explore opportunities to fund improved health services by reducing wastage in the...

Mark Mackay et.al, Senior Lecturer, Health Care Management, School of Medicine at Flinders University; The introduction of a GP co-payment could see average emergency department visits increase by between six minutes and almost three hours, new modelling shows, as more patients opt for free hospital care rather than paying...