A new report from the Australian Government Productivity Commission states patients would benefit from hospitals and other specialists publicly reporting their clinical outcomes. The report contends that transparent reporting would mean greater user choice, and the resultant boost in competition would lead to more efficient and higher-quality healthcare. According to the report, the high degree of choice in the primary care sector is not matched in public hospital services, and while Australian hospitals generally perform relatively well, there is plenty of scope for improvement.
- Give GPs and patients access to specialists’ performance data: report. Medical Observer.
- Full report: Introducing Competition and Informed User Choice into Human Services: Identifying Sectors for Reform. Productivity Commission Study Report. November 2016 (PDF)