Poor primary care blamed for elderly hospitalisations

MORE than a quarter of elderly patients with chronic conditions could have avoided hospital with better primary care treatment, a survey suggests. 

And up to $300 million in hospital costs could have been saved if patients had been on the correct drug regimes, according to the interpretation of Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) data.

The University of South Australia/BUPA Health Foundation survey set out to assess sub-optimal medication-related processes of care by looking at DVA information over the five years to June 2012, covering 83,430 patients.

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