Private Hospitals in Australia

Commission research paper

Private Hospitals in Australia was released on was released on 7 December 1999. The report examines the structure and performance of Australia's private hospital industry. Its objectives are to provide a comprehensive overview of the private hospital system and to detail the key factors affecting its performance. While it draws attention to a number of policy related issues worthy of examination, it does not contain any detailed policy analysis or recommendations. Also see:

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Cover, Copyright, Foreword, Contents, Glossary, Summary

1   Scope of the paper
1.1   Scope of the report
1.2   Information sources
1.3   Report outline

2   The private hospital industry
2.1   The private sector's role in the delivery of hospital services
2.2   Defining the private hospital industry for this study
2.3   Industry structure and activity
2.4   Mergers and hospital diversification

3   The market for private hospital services
3.1   Market definition
3.2   Market participants

4   Financial performance
4.1   Private hospital revenues
4.2   Private hospital costs
4.3   Profitability

5   Broader performance indicators
5.1   Hospital efficiency
5.2   Quality of care
5.3   Appropriateness of care

6   The regulatory and legislative environment
6.1   State and Territory regulation
6.2   Commonwealth regulation of the private hospital industry

7   Competition in the private hospital market
7.1   The relationship between private hospitals and doctors
7.2   The relationship between private hospitals and health funds
7.3   The relationship between health funds and doctors
7.4   The Trade Practices Act and the ACCC
7.5   Other competitive aspects of the private hospital market

8   Broad drivers of demand for private hospital services
8.1   Income growth and distribution
8.2   Population growth and ageing
8.3   Technological developments
8.4   Community attitudes to health care

9   Some future policy issues
9.1   Industry-specific issues
9.2   Some broader health policy issues

A   Private hospital revenues, charges and costs

B   Additional hospital performance and State-based structural data