The NHHRC final report: View from the hospital sector

Scott, Ian A. (2009) The NHHRC final report: View from the hospital sector. Medical Journal of Australia, 191 8: 450-453.

Author Scott, Ian A.
Title The NHHRC final report: View from the hospital sector
Journal name Medical Journal of Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0025-729X
Publication date 2009-10-19
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 191
Issue 8
Start page 450
End page 453
Total pages 4
Place of publication Strawberry Hills, NSW, Australia
Publisher Australasian Medical Publishing Company
Language eng
Subject 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Formatted abstract
  The National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission (NHHRC) report attempts to deal in the short term with hospital access block by funding more beds in emergency departments, while, over the longer term, reforms aim to improve hospital efficiency, transfer care of patients to non-hospital settings, optimise use of outpatient clinics, fund hospital activities on the basis of efficient cost, and improve governance and accountability.

  The single most potentially effective recommendation is the considerable investment in and expansion of subacute and non-acute services, which will free up acute-care hospital beds for urgent cases. Population-based chronic disease management driven by Primary Health Care Organisations can also reduce future hospitalisations considerably.

  What the NHHRC could have dealt with more fully is the need to: (i) prioritise clinical interventions and the need for hospitalisation using evidence of cost-effectiveness obtained from clinical trials and longitudinal patient data; and (ii) move quickly towards funding of all health care by one level of government.

  Even the most effective reforms will not have a significant impact on future bed demand if professional and public expectations remain unsustainably high and do not acknowledge the need to change the role of hospitals within a reconfigured health care system.
Keyword National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission
Hospital reforms
Health services
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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