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Vic hospitals leading health pack: report

Posted 28 April 2016

Victorian hospitals continue to punch above their weight in efficiency, the CEO of the Victorian Healthcare Association Tom Symondson said today.

A new National Health Performance Authority report:
Hospital Performance: Costs of acute admitted patients in public hospitals released today revealed major metropolitan public hospitals with the lowest costs for providing similar care to similar patients were all in Victoria.

“We have known for some time that Victorian hospitals perform extremely well when compared with interstate counterparts,” Mr Symondson said.

Frankston Hospital, Casey Hospital, Western Hospital (Footscray) and Dandenong Campus Hospital were highlighted as Australia’s best performers. Werribee Mercy, Goulbourn Valley in Shepparton, Latrobe regional hospital in Traralgon and the Wimmera base hospital were also singled out for their low average costs.

Some public hospitals spent nearly twice as much as others to provide similar services to similar groups of acute admitted patients, according to the report

“The average cost of care ranged from $3,100 at one hospital to $6,100 at another,” Mr Symondson said. “This data also shows us the average cost of care in Australia’s major metro hospitals has risen less than the inflation rate.”

The report is the first in Australia to show change in an individual hospital’s efficiency over time. The report finds that from 2011–12 to 2013–14:

  • Eight major metropolitan public hospitals decreased their costs per notional ‘average’ service by at least five per cent, indicating improved efficiency. Both Footscray Hospital decreased by nine per cent.

  • Six major metropolitan public hospitals increased their costs per notional ‘average’ service by at least 10 per cent, indicating decreased efficiency, none of which were in Victoria.

The report doesn’t determine that a hospital with “higher or lower cost, or increased or decreased efficiency” delivers better or worse care or patient outcomes.

“Nevertheless the figures reflect very well on the efficiency of our members across metro, regional and sub-regional areas,” Mr Symondson said.

The VHA is the peak body for Victoria’s public hospitals and community health services.

Major metropolitan public hospitals with the highest costs in 2013–14 were located in the ACT and WA: Canberra Hospital and Calvary Public Hospital – Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and Fremantle Hospital.

For more information:

Rosanne Michie – 0411 868535

VHA Director of Media and Communications
Rosanne.Michie@vha.org.au   

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