Hospitals performing thousands of 'do-not-do' treatments

Thousands of expensive and unnecessary treatments including hyperbaric oxygen therapy and ovary removal during hysterectomy are still being performed in hospitals each year, a report warns.

The Grattan Institute report singles out five “do-not-do” treatments, which it found had been performed on 6000 people in 2010/11 by "outlier" hospitals, wasting money and putting patients’ health at unnecessary risk.

And the waste could be the tip of the iceberg, according to the report titled Questionable Care: Avoiding Ineffective Treatment.

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