Disruptive Forces Reshaping Australia’s Healthcare System, with Consequences for Hospitals, Physicians, and Clinical Pathology Laboratories, Outlined at First Annual ‘Disruption in Healthcare Conference’

Topics discussed ranged from ongoing cutbacks in funding for healthcare services, and integration of clinical care to growing use of genetic testing in support of precision medicine DATELINE: Sydney, NSW, Australia—There were 200 leaders in healthcare, medicine, and pathology gathered here last Wednesday to explore a hot topic: the unfolding disruption to healthcare in Australia. The themes of the conference will be familiar to Dark Daily readers across the globe. These themes included: •...

Pathology Testing Prices as a Commodity: Australia’s Health System Stands at a Crossroads

Increased Test Volumes in Recent Years Trigger an Important Review of Coverage and Funding for Pathology Testing Services DATELINE: MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA—Pathology testing is under the gun in Australia. Fast-rising utilization of pathology testing over the past decade has caught the attention of health system policy makers. They are concerned about the funding and clinical service implications in downstream years should these growth rates in the volume of tests performed continue to increase at...
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