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Nation health watchdog to assess hospital performance

27 September 2011 - 6:18pm

Legislation has passed through the Senate paving the way for the creation of the National Health Performance Authority (NHPA).

The body will be responsible for providing Australians with better information about the performance of public and private hospitals.

People will be able to use the information to weigh up the benefits of taking out private health insurance in order to be treated in well-performing hospitals.

Acting Minster for Health and Ageing, Mark Butler says: "The Authority will help Australians better understand their health system, including information on their local public and private hospitals, primary health care and community health services."

Australians will be able to log onto the MyHospitals website to access information and the initiative is hoped to drive progress in under-performing facilities.

Butler says: "Providing better information about local health and hospital services is essential to improving local services for Australians."

Knowledge is critical when it comes to a range of health-related issues - from making improvements via a healthier lifestyle to choosing between the private and public sectors.

The announcement comes following a string of initiatives in recent months designed to boost overall health awareness for everyday Australians in addition to a large focus on primary health care.