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Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Report on Government Services (2015) : Health (Productivity Commission)

The Productivity Commission has released volume E of its annual Report on Government Services (RoGS), containing valuable data on the equity, efficiency and cost effectiveness of the public healthcare sector.

Covering primary and community health, hospitals and mental health management, the report uses published and unpublished data from a range of sources, including the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), the Department of Health and the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

For the first time, the report also includes some data on allied healthcare, although funding for specialist medical care is not included. Aged care is handled in a separate report.

Overall, the report found that patients were overwhelmingly happy with the care they received from both the primary and the acute care sector, that waiting times in both sectors were relatively stable or trending down, and bulk-billing rates were stable, as was the cost of healthcare to government.

Productivity Commission releases facts & figures on healthcare (Pulse IT)

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