Caboolture Hospital makes big improvements on efficiency in national Hospital Performance Report

The authority found Caboolture Hospital and the Mater Hospital in Brisbane had improved efficiency by decreasing the average cost of care by at least 5 per cent across the three years to 2014.

The report's authors said the results do not relate to the quality of treatment but would help hospitals consider more carefully their use of resources.

Meanwhile two Queensland hospitals are amongst the nation's most expensive when it comes to the cost of treating acute patients, a national report has found.

Key points:

  • Report rank specific care costs at nation's hospitals
  • Most cost-efficient hospitals in Victoria
  • Efficiency improved at Caboolture, Mater hospitals

The latest report by the National Health Performance Authority, released today, found great variation in the time and cost for treatment at the nation's major public hospitals.

Brisbane's Prince Charles Hospital and Logan Hospital, south of Brisbane, are amongst the nation's most expensive for treating similar acute care patients.

The report also compared the time taken by each of the nation's major public hospitals in dealing with a range of common conditions, like child birth and heart attacks.

It also ranked the hospitals on the cost at which they perform the same job.

The authority found big differences in the cost of hospital care.

It found the most cost-efficient services were in Victoria, while the most expensive hospitals were in the ACT and Western Australia.

Canberra Hospital was the most expensive in the nation, while Victorian hospitals were the cheapest.


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