Think tank says 'bundled payments' could improve care and cut costs

A ‘BUNDLED payments’ system instead of fee-for-service could improve healthcare while addressing the spiralling costs of chronic and complex-needs patients, a leading public health think tank says.

A paper released by the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association gives a detailed analysis of the bundled payments model, which it describes as midway on the spectrum between fee-for-service and capitation.

“Evidence of benefits associated with bundled payments suggests the ability to curb health care costs without decreasing quality (and potentially