The Minister for Health established an Independent Review Group to conduct an impact analysis on the separation of private practice from the public hospital system, with a view to practical approaches that can be taken to removing private practice from public hospitals, the impacts that this will have, what timeframe might apply and how to phase it over time.
On 14 December 2017, the Independent Review Group launched a public consultation seeking views from members of the public and from interested parties on the current arrangements in relation to private practice in public hospitals; on the future direction that might apply; and on suggestions in relation to transitional arrangements to give effect to the future direction.
In particular, the Group invited submissions related to the following themes:
eligibility, access and equity
current and future funding arrangements
legislative and legal issues
operational matters including specialist services
recruitment and retention of personnel
practical approaches to removing private practice from public hospitals including timeframe and phasing
A copy of the submissions received can be viewed via the links below.