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, so, on 21 November 2016, I referred this issue to a Senate Committee for inquiry and report.
Details on the committee can be found here: http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Community_Affairs/ProsthesesListFramework