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Private hospitals reveal performance results

7 November 2011 - 3:26pm

Performance results such as infection rates and patient falls in some of Australia's private hospitals have been released, in a move to attract patients away from the public health system.

Healthscope - Australia's second largest private hospital group - today launched a website detailing the individual performance rates of its 44 hospitals, including rates of golden staph infections, repeat surgery, clostridium difficile infection and unplanned re-admissions.

The company says that these instances are well below the public rate.

According to Healthscope chief medical officer Michael Coglin, not only are Australia's public hospitals failing to meet demand for elective surgery from public patients, but had also increased operations on those with private health insurance as a way to raise revenue.

''If public hospitals seek to compete with the private hospital sector for private patients, it is only appropriate that patients, doctors and staff be provided with information allowing comparison of quality outcomes,'' Mr Coglin told The Age.

This comes after the federal government's MyHospitals website last month announced the golden staph infection rate recorded in public hospitals.

The rate of golden staph infections in Healthscope hospitals last year was 0.36 cases per 10,000 patient days - compared with the nationwide rate of 1.03 experienced in 2009-10.

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