CHA Response to PHI Reforms

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.


Submission to Western Australian Inquiry into End of Life Choices

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, including around 30 per cent of private hospital care as well as approximately 5 per cent of public hospital care.


CSSA CHA Submission Welfare Reform Bill 2017 Final

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).


Upsetting the Balance: How the Growth of Private Patients in Public Hospitals is Impacting Australia’s Health System

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.


Submission to Targeted Prostheses Review

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.

CHA-APHA report: Education and training in the private hospital sector

Private hospitals make a significant contribution to training Australia’s health professionals. Since the last time a similar survey was undertaken in 2004 (Allen Consulting Group 2005), private hospitals have increased their investment in medical workforce training by nearly 250 per cent.

This report outlines the nature of training and education costs incurred by the private hospital sector, along with the return on investment by government. This report also places those achievements in the context of the challenges facing the health sector in addressing current and forecast workforce and skills shortages while at the same time meeting growing demands for health services as efficiently and effectively as possible.


Submission to the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill (VIC) Discussion Paper

CHA's submission on behalf of members and their clinicians outlining concerns with the content of Victoria's Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill Discussion Paper that does not adequately support patients or clinicians and has the potential consequence of redirecting patients away from humane end-of-life alternatives offered through palliative care.
Follow this link to read the submission. 

Response to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Introducing Competition and Informed User Choice in Human Services: Reforms to Human Services

The opportunities for competition, contestability, and choice in human services are variable across different fields and jurisdictions. CHA acknowledges that where there is a dearth of providers to offer services or the sector is underfunded, opportunities for competition, contestability, and choice in human services may be limited. This is of particular concern in regional, rural, and remote jurisdictions. 

Due to the overlapping and complex needs of those who access human services, there is a need for better coordination among providers within each area as well as across sectors that build on the existing infrastructure to promote innovation and quality improvements. Using integrated models to coordinate the delivery of services could reveal greater gains from efficiencies in the system.

Please follow this link to read the submission. 

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