How to improve cataract treatment

by Stephen Duckett


It can transform lives, but three problems bedevil provision of cataract surgery in Australia: complications still arise, waiting times are too long, and the rate of provision varies significantly across the country. The new clinical standard for cataract surgery proposed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare is therefore a welcome effort to improve the quality of care for cataract patients. But in this submission, Grattan Institute’s Health Program Director Stephen Duckett says the draft standard can and should be strengthened to help reduce the incidence of complications, cut waiting times and limit the variation in procedure rates.