Last Wednesday, in response to a request by Minister Susan Ley, and following petitions by the Australian Private Hospitals Association (APHA) and other stakeholders, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare (the Commission) convened a roundtable gathering.
Attendees included representatives and speakers from hospitals, health funds, clinician groups, jurisdictions, consumers and government bodies including the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) as well as the Commission itself.
Professor Chris Baggoley placed the meeting in a wider historical and international context and Dr Robert Herkes outlined the Commission’s ongoing work on identification of high priority preventable complications. Betty Johnson spoke on behalf of consumers.
APHA chief executive Michael Roff testified to the private hospital sector’s demonstrative...