Australia has a huge issue with major price discrepancies when it comes to prostheses.
For instance, the cost of a pacemaker can be $14,000 in a private hospital, but only $4,000 for the same pacemaker in a public hospital.
It’s also astounding when you compare Australia’s prices to international prices for the same devices and implants. Some devices can sell for $15,000 in Sweden but up to $52,000 in Australia.
There was overwhelming support from many in the health industry for an inquiry into the Prostheses List Framework, which I initiated in 2016. The Inquiry reported back to the Senate on 11 May 2017 and you can read the outcomes here: https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Community_Affairs/ProsthesesListFramework/Report
Click here to read an opinion piece I wrote for InDaily, published on 30 March 2017.