Introducing competition to the health sector should be treated with caution

Posted by Sharyn Rognrust, Category: Commissioning, Health Reform, Research,

The Productivity Commission’s study report on introducing competition into human services was quickly labelled as proposing privatisation of hospital, end-of-life and dental services.  This isn’t really the case. The report is actually quite cautious and not too radical. Whether the next phase of the commission’s work follows the same careful approach is yet unknown.

The Productivity Commission has adopted a two-stage approach; the report released today marks the end of the inquiry’s first stage. This “study report” does not make recommendations, simply “findings” based on its research and consultations. This report aims to identify priorities for the next phase of investigation. Read more