Increase the contribution made by allied health providers

The contribution that allied health providers make to cost-effective patient care has been highlighted in a report this month by the Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH).

It found that thousands of hospital beds could be freed up and patient care improved at lower cost by increasing the services of allied providers like podiatrists, physiotherapists and dietitians.

The release of the study coincided with a Greens proposal for a new institute, made up principally of doctors and consumers, to identify areas of wasteful expenditure in health.