4 February 2018

All complications should count: Using our data to make hospitals safer

One in nine patients who go into hospital suffers a complication, and the risk varies dramatically depending on the hospital. An extra 250,000 patients would leave hospital complication-free each year if all hospitals lifted their performance to match the best 10 per cent of hospitals.

7 November 2017

Strengthening safety statistics: How to make hospital safety data more useful

Australia needs to reform the way we collect and use information about patient safety, to reduce the risk of more tragedies in our hospitals. The system is awash with data, but the information is poorly collated, not shared with patients, and often not given to doctors.

14 June 2016

Orange Book 2016: priorities for the next Commonwealth Government

Australia faces many domestic policy challenges as the election looms. Yet a survey of seven years of Grattan Institute reports and policy proposals shows that a government prepared to forcefully articulate the public interest could win public support for a brave and powerful reform agenda.

16 August 2015

Questionable care: avoiding ineffective treatment

Clinicians and researchers have long known that some hospitals provide questionable treatments to some patients, but the right policy response has been unclear — until now.

4 March 2014

Controlling costly care: a billion-dollar hospital opportunity

A new pricing system for hospital treatment could end unjustified cost differences among hospitals and free up $1 billion for more and better health care.