This submission is from Catholic Health Australia (CHA). CHA is Australia’s largest non-government grouping of health, community, and aged care services accounting for around 10% of hospital based healthcare in Australia. Our members also provide around 30% of private hospital care, 5% of public hospital care, 12% of aged care facilities, and 20% of home care and support for the elderly. Approximately 80,000 people work in the Catholic health and aged care sector.
Thank you for the opportunity to contribute to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee Inquiry into the Migration Amendment (Skilling Australians Fund) Bill 2017 and the Migration (Skilling Australians Fund) Charges Bill 2017.
Catholic Health Australia (CHA) represents Australia’s largest non-government grouping of hospitals, aged and community care services, providing approximately 10 per cent of hospital and aged care services in Australia. CHA represents more than 77 hospitals which account for more than 25 per cent of Australia’s private hospital beds and around 5 per cent of Australia’s public hospital beds. Our organisations together employ more than 82, 000 people and approximately ¾ of them are women.
This submission was drafted and lodged by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference following consultation with various stakeholders, including Catholic Health Australia.
This submission is from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC). The ACBC is a permanent institution of the Catholic Church in Australia and the instrumentality used by the Australian Catholic Bishops to act nationally and address issues of national significance.
Catholic Health Australia (CHA) is Australia’s largest non-government grouping of health, community, and aged care services accounting for around 10 percent of hospital-based healthcare in Australia. Our members also provide around 30 percent of private hospital care, 5 percent of public hospital care, 12 percent of aged care facilities, and 20 percent of home care and support for the elderly.
Australia has one of the best health systems in the world, repeatedly ranking in the top ten worldwide. The Commonwealth Fund, an independent United States (US) think tank, released a report in July 2017 that ranked Australia’s health system second overall when compared with 11 other high income countries.1 Australia ranked number one when it came to health outcomes, demonstrating the high quality care our system is able to provide.
Catholic Health Australia (CHA) is pleased to respond to the Department of Health’s Private Health Insurance (PHI) reforms forum that was held in December 2017. CHA members support the Department’s approach to hold an open and transparent forum with health stakeholders to consider the recent private health reforms with potential impacts on the health system.
CHA is Australia’s largest non-government not-for-profit grouping of health, community, and aged care services accounting for around 10% of hospital based healthcare in Australia. Our members also provide around 30% of private hospital care, 5% of public hospital care, 12% of aged care facilities, and 20% of home care and support for the elderly. CHA values the goal of a health system that respects human dignity, is person-centred, supports vulnerable populations, and supports the appropriate stewardship of resources. Our members invest heavily in expanding services to those in need and represent one of the predominant groups for private hospital services in regional and rural areas. As the largest grouping of not-for-profit hospitals and aged care services in Australia, we hope our feedback will provide valuable insight for the Department through the next stage of reforms.
This is a joint submission from Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) and Catholic Health Australia (CHA). Our comments are made in association with the detailed submission of St Vincent’s Health Australia, the forefront hospital and health provider in the treatment of drug addiction, and a member of CHA.
Both CSSA and CHA are strongly opposed to compulsory drug testing in trial sites (Schedule 12) and measures that target people with drug and alcohol addiction (Schedule 13 and 14). We also oppose the punitive measures proposed under the targeted compliance framework (Schedule 15).
Catholic Health Australia's (CHA) latest report titled Upsetting the Balance: How the Growth of Private Patients in Public Hospitals is Impacting Australia’s Health System is the not-for-profit Catholic hospital sector’s response to concerns about the significant increase in private patients in public hospitals. It finds that the trend is having a damaging effect on patients, stakeholders, as well as the balance of Australia’s mixed model health system, and ultimately, the universality of Medicare.
The report finds growing inequity between public and private patients, with private patients receiving a number of inducements in some public hospitals that are not available to public patients. There is also evidence that, on average, public patients are waiting more than twice as long as private patients for elective surgeries in public hospitals.
Catholic Health Australia (CHA) is pleased to note that a targeted review of prostheses was a recommendation from the Senate Inquiry into Community Affairs (Price regulations associated with the Prostheses List framework) report (11 May 2017).
While acknowledging that the intent of the draft proposal was to outline an indicative approach, CHA would like to highlight the a number of considerations for inclusion into any framework going forward, with particular emphasis upon utilising an evidence-based, and rigorous review process – without pricing deliberations.
Follow this link to read the submission.