Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Home based health care can be safer and cheaper than hospital care: report

Treating patients in their homes can be a safer and significantly cheaper alternative to hospital care, a report has found, potentially saving state and federal governments tens of millions of dollars annually.

The paper by the University of Western Sydney's Centre for Health Research found home-based health care improved patient satisfaction and quality of life while reducing hospital readmission rates.

In some cases it was also associated with a 20% lower mortality rate.

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