Prof Jonathan Karnon, Professor of Health Economics
In 2013-14, Australian governments spent A$105 billion on health; A$44 billion of that was on public hospitals.
The Commonwealth government is increasingly concerned with the size of the health budget and has acted to reduce the inappropriate use of Medicare benefits. But the Commonwealth government has less influence on public hospitals because the state and territory governments control their expenditure.
State governments are facing tighter budgets as demand for heath care increases due to an ageing population, greater rates of chronic disease and more service use generally.
The collection and analysis of data on the performance of our health-care system can be used to improve the quality of health services and maybe also reduce costs.
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