Why one third of preventable hospitalisations are not actually preventable

AusDoc takes a look at the rubbery statistic used by policy wonks as a measure of primary care failure

There is one statistic frequently quoted as a measure of the success or failure of general practice care.

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It’s the number of preventable hospital admissions: officially, those admissions that could have been avoided with the “provision of appropriate individualised preventative health interventions and early disease management”.

Policy wonks use it as evidence that more can be done to stem the tide of waste and avoidable suffering in the health system — evidence of a problem in need of a fix.

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