Senate Inquiry into Health Policy, Administration & Expenditure - Commonwealth Government

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The Find a Surgeon directory is a listing of active Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons who meet the requirements of the College's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program and have opted to be on the list. This list excludes retired or inactive Fellows.

 

1 June 2015

Hospitals and healthcare providers across Australia are facing an increasing demand for services. Overall funding for health has increased throughout the past decade; however the cost of delivering healthcare has also increased, together with public expectations about acceptable standards of care and provision of health treatments.

RACS has established a Sustainability in Healthcare Committee to guide its advice to government to ensure standards in healthcare are maintained in a fiscally responsible manner. We have reviewed our position papers on informed consent and informed financial consent; published a position paper on excessive fees which states our opposition to exploitative and unethical fees; and encouraged our members to exercise full disclosure and transparency about fees when dealing with patients. RACS is in ongoing discussions with health insurers, government and other key stakeholders on the issues facing the sustainability of healthcare. The RACS approach is guided by a patient-centred ethos that gives consideration to the full effect of reform measures on patient care and service provision across metropolitan, rural and remote Australia.

In all states and territories, wait times for elective surgery continue to be a concern for surgeons and patients. Of those who saw a medical specialist in 2013-14, one in four people waited longer than they felt acceptable to get an appointment with a medical specialist. Meanwhile the proportion of total health expenditure provided to the public health system in Australia in 2013 decreased to 66.4%.3 This is the lowest proportion of total health expenditure provided to the public system since 2003. By comparison, Canada allocated 69.8%, New Zealand 83%, and the UK 83.5%.4 It is vitally important that the Commonwealth, state and territory governments continue to examine and, where necessary, realign funding priorities to ensure that healthcare is sustainable.