Findings from South Africa's Health Market Inquiry makes recommendations to close the information gap between service providers and consumers.
Rates of infection vary between hospitals, but these differences aren’t picked up in the accreditation process.
Each year, inspectors visit Australian hospitals. But they're less like secret shoppers who identify flaws, and more like guests of a carefully orchestrated performance. This needs to change.
Domination of key South African markets by a few players, as displayed in the healthcare market inquiry, may require authorities to consider breaking up monopolies.
Some people choose private health insurance for shorter wait times.
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Private health insurance premiums will rise from April 1, leaving consumers wondering if they should give it up or downgrade to save money.
The five yearly negotiations have long generated controversy and angst.
Public hospitals in Australia are owned and operated by state (and territory) governments. So why does the Commonwealth government attract blame for lack of hospital funding?
Information on patients’ experiences with their hospital care is often not reported back to public hospitals at unit or ward level.
We have lots of data about hospital safety, but it's not used to make us safer or more comfortable when we're admitted.
A new report has claimed public patients are worse off with increased numbers of private patients in public hospitals.
There may be some benefits to public hospitals treating more private patients.
Private health insurance allows you to choose which hospital to go to for treatment. But are some safer than others?
Australians can't tell which private hospital is safer then the next because the data isn't publicly available. It's time that changed.
It’s basically impossible to tell the difference between various policies and levels of cover.
For the first time in 15 years, as premiums and complaints rise, the proportion of the population with private health insurance is declining.
The most common reason for choosing private hospitals is shorter waits for elective surgery.
Around a quarter of people with private health insurance still choose to use the public system. Why?
Patients often rely on their GP to make the choice of specialist for them through the referral process with little or no discussion of prices.
Why is it so difficult to find out exactly how much it's going to cost to have that suspicious mole removed or to be admitted to hospital for that colonoscopy or hip replacement?
What are the most common reasons for going to hospital? What can go wrong? What's behind the state-Commonwealth funding fight? Our at-a-glance infographic has the answers.
The issue came to a head last year when the federal budget ripped billions of dollars of hospital funding from the states.
State and territory leaders will meet in Sydney today to nut out solutions to health and education funding gaps. But what exactly is the problem they're hoping to address?
Episiotomies have a place in maternity care but should not be routinely performed.
It’s difficult to imagine how something as big as a baby’s head can come out of what appears to be a relatively small space. But during childbirth, the perineum – the area of skin and muscle between the…
Babies born in private hospitals are more likely to have a problem following birth and to be readmitted to hospital in their first 28 days.
Australia has high rates of medical and surgical intervention (including caesarean section) during birth, especially in private hospitals. While these interventions can be harmful if overused, people working…
Medical device manufacturers sometimes engage in unconscionable behaviour to secure sales to private hospitals.
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Australian public interest regulators usually have a very imperfect picture of how much anti-competitive or fraudulent activity is occurring in areas such as health care. But there’s a better approach…