New data further proves the rise in private patients in public hospitals is hurting the Australian health system, according to Australian Private Hospitals Association CEO Mr Michael Roff.
The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) June 2017 data showed a six percent increase in privately funded episodes of care in the public system over the past 12 months.
That is equivalent to more than 815,000 episodes of care for privately insured patients in a public hospitals, which means public patients are delayed in getting treatment from public hospitals.
Mr Roff is concerned about the increase of private patients in public hospitals, the result of active recruitment of the privately insured patients by the public system.
“We know public hospitals are chasing this money. It’s one of the first questions patients are asked when they arrive at...