Ownership, quality and prices of nursing homes in Australia: why greater private sector participation did not improve performance

Melbourne Institute Working Paper No. 19/21

Date: September 2021


Jongsay Yong
Ou Yang
Yuting Zhang
Anthony Scott


This study examines whether greater private-sector participation in aged care can lead to better outcomes by comparing quality of care and prices of residential aged care facilities across three ownership types: government-owned, private not-for-profit and for profit facilities. Australia, like many other countries, has been implementing market-oriented reforms aiming to promote greater consumer choice and increase the role of markets and private-sector participation in aged care.

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