Latest NewsBack to News
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
News ArchiveView all
World-leading genomics expert to speak at VHA Conference
Internationally-renowned translational scientist Professor North, who leads a large multi-disciplinary research team at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, will speak on day one at the … Read more
The evolution of ransomware & how to protect your business
Ransomware has been a threat to businesses across all sectors for more than a decade, but in recent years its popularity has exploded. According to Verizon’s 2017 Data Breach Report1, … Read more
VHA strikes partnership with nDiscovery for managed cyber-security treat detection
The VHA has joined forces with international cybersecurity threat detection experts nDiscovery, it was announced today. VHA CEO Tom Symondson said cybersecurity was of paramount importance … Read more
Leveraging existing IT infrastructure for implementing & integrating a patient engagement system
Applying patient engagement technology is often associated with acquiring new hardware technology. What many health care facilities may not realize is that much of the infrastructure&… Read more
News Tags & Search
- Governance Evaluator
- Russell Kennedy
- Space For Health
- First State Super
- Health Metrics
- Media Release
- Rsm Australia
- Klas Research
- Aged Care
- Funding Reform
- Information Management
- National Health Reform
- Population Health
- Service Reform
- Federal Budget Submissions
- Safety Quality
- State Budget Submission
- Acute Care
- Home Community Care
- Rural Remote Healthcare
- Alcohol Other Drugs
- Mental Health
- Primary Community Health
- Strategic Plan
- Public Health
- State Election 2014
- Elective Surgery
- Ambulance Services
- Continuity Of Care
- Oral Health