Report shows public health system strengths


The Productivity Commission's latest national Report on Government Services shows Tasmania's health system doing well in key areas despite increasing demand.

Full-time nurses in Tasmania per 100 000 people were well above the national average in 2011 and the number of full-time medical practitioners increased.

Figures show Tasmania spending more on health per capita than other states, with recurrent health expenditure per person in Tasmania in 2010-2011 at $5 580 - above the national average of $5 502.

The number of public hospital staff per 1 000 people was 12.8 - above the national average of 11.7.

Tasmania's ambulance spending per person was above the national average in 2011-2012 with revenue for Ambulance Tasmania increasing from $35 million in 2006-2007 to $56 million in 2011-2012.

Tasmania is one of only two jurisdictions in Australia providing a free ambulance service to the general public - patient satisfaction with the service is 98 per cent.

The report also shows Tasmania had the highest mental health expenditure per head of population in 2010-2011 and the highest rate of mental health beds per 100 000 population.

Tasmania has improved starting investigations into alleged children abuse within seven days from 28 per cent four years ago to 55.6 per cent in 2011-2012.

Investigations into these cases taking 28 days or less to complete more than doubled over the last four years to 45 per cent.

Case plans for children in care are actually higher in Tasmania than indicated in the report as Tasmanian data excludes plans being actioned but not yet approved and plans under review.


31 January 2013