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Billions lost in in aged-care hospital admissions

Michael McLaren

Michael speaks with Omar Khorshid, AMA President (Australian Medical Association), whose new report has identified savings of $21.2 billion in aged care hospital admissions.

 

The AMA has estimated that over the year up until 30 June 2021, there will have been 27,569 admissions of residents from nursing homes to hospitals that were potentially avoidable, costing $312 million and accounting for 159,693 hospital patient days.

 

The staggering figure is the first national estimate of potentially preventable admissions to hospitals from nursing homes alone.

 

In total, new AMA modelling has identified $21.2 billion of savings that could be made over four years if immediate reforms were implemented to our aged care system.

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