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Commission Release Report on Performance of Hospitals in Australia

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The Australian Government Productivity Commission is releasing, in stages, its annual report into government services in Australia, with the release today of Part E Health (including primary and community health, ambulance services, public hospitals, services for mental health).

As reported in The Australian, the Commission found that the performance of Australian hospitals is declining, with Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania ­experiencing the sharpest drops. One third of urgent cases failed to receive on-time treatment in the nation’s emergency departments and patients are waiting longer for elective surgery even as governments pour more money into the health system. The report shows one in four patients deemed to be experiencing an emergency health condition were not treated within recommended timeframes, while only 67 per cent of urgent cases were seen on time.

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