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Wednesday, 19 May 2010 23:19

Public or private hospitals: Chance of dying

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According to a comprehensive study performed in Australia, your chances of dying in a public hospital are more than that within a private hospital.


Australian Government researchers from the Productivity Commission studied 459 public and private hospitals in the country for the years 2005, 2006, and 2007.

The researchers found that patients in public hospitals in Australia are 'overall' 12% more likely to die than are patients in private hospitals in Australia.

The Productivity Commission is the independent research and advisory body for the Australian Government.

And, the Productivity Commission also found that mortality in 'large' public hospitals was 6.6% above the expected rate. The percentage in 'large' private hospitals was 18.2% below the expected rate.

The May 19, 2010 Sydney Morning Herald article 'Death rate higher in public hospitals' provides additional information on this subject matter.

The SMH article also talks about the 'very small' private and public hospitals in Australia.

It states, 'An even greater disparity in the mortality rates was found in the ''very small'' category, which deal with up to 2000 cases a year. At 4 per cent above the expected level, the death rate in those public hospitals was 40 per cent higher than in private hospitals.'

Page two concludes with another size of hospital in Australia that was analyzed within the research study.

 

 



The researchers found also that 'very large' public hospitals had a similar chance of death for its patients as seen in 'very large' private hospitals in Australia.

The SMH article also stated, 'The commission also found that the most efficient hospitals were also those with the lowest mortality rates, suggesting 'well-managed hospitals improve health outcomes'.'

Also, a disturbing result from the study is the lack of data on hospitals in Australia.

Nick Xenophon is an independent senator for South Australia. He was the one who asked that the study be performed.

Xenophon stated that the report showed ''¦ an appalling lack of data on Australian hospitals which could hinder healthcare reform''.


 


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