Hospital congestion: a market solution to address delayed transfers of care from hospital beds

Benedict Rogers, Juan Paolo Legaspi, Tarun Bastiampillai

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Abstract

The case for a market mechanism to improve health system flow and patient care

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic significantly exacerbated pre-existing emergency department (ED) congestion in Australian hospitals, accompanied by significant ambulance offload delays occurring in every state.1 We need a national focus on getting people out of hospital when they do not require this level of care, thereby reducing ED congestion.

Delayed transfers of care (DTOCs) are one reason for these unnecessary days in hospital...
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)298-300
Number of pages3
JournalMedical Journal of Australia
Volume218
Issue number7
Early online date26 Mar 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2023

Keywords

  • Critical pathways
  • Disability evaluation
  • Health financing
  • Health planning
  • Health policy
  • Health services
  • Health services for the aged
  • Health systems
  • Hospitals
  • Transportation of patients

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