Executive Summary

Australian tax-payers contribute $18 billion per annum to our Public Hospital system . This equates to approximately $900 for every person in Australia in 2004 or $1,700 for every person without private health insurance or $350,000 for every public hospital bed p.a or $4,535.94 per public hospital separation . Nevertheless thefailure of our public hospital system to cope with the demands placed upon it is a major issue in all states and territories of Australia,

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