Should hospital funding be linked to the socio-economic status of patients?

Melbourne Institute Virtual Colloquium

Should hospitals receive additional payments for treating patients who are socio-economically disadvantaged? If disadvantaged patients make greater use of hospital service and experience more in-hospital adverse events, this would lead to the under-funding of hospitals. We will present analyses of hospital usage by socio-economic status and explore the role of extra payments in relation to proposals to reform hospital payments for chronic disease by using capitation payments.

Presenter: Associate Professor Jongsay Yong

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