The AMA says a report on public hospitals today provides yet another reminder that a single hospital funding system, rather than more of the same, must be put on the table.
... there were more than seven million presentations to emergency departments in 2007-08.
“Our public hospitals are simply not coping with the increasing pressures,” Dr Pesce said.
“Doctors are increasingly frustrated by a system that consistently fails patients; making them wait when they are in pain, then forcing them out of beds too early when they finally get to hospital.
“Rather than endless cost shifting, we need to examine a single funding responsibility for health.
Birthing is no exception, with fewer hospitals providing birth services and the birth rate being higher than in previous years. The simple solution is to encourage low risk women to birth at home with a midwife; this will relieve pressure on obstetricians and hospital beds.