Recent research commissioned by the Australian Private Hospitals Association has revealed that getting to choose which doctor treats you, having speedy access to a wide range of medical services and experiencing better overall health care are the three main reasons why Australians are satisfied with our country's private hospitals.
"This research clearly shows when Australians are sick or injured, they want the peace of mind that they will be treated by the doctor they choose and that they will receive treatment when they need it, without waiting," said Michael Roff, chief executive officer of the Australian Private Hospitals Association, in a May 13 statement.
He believes people know private hospitals can offer them better and more personalised care, and this is why they value them.
The news is a welcome boost for the private healthcare sector, and it couldn't been more timely. Sunday (May 12) marked the beginning of Private Hospitals Week, which will be running until May 18.
The purpose of this week is to showcase the life-saving work that is going on in Australia's private hospitals every single day, as well as the important role private hospitals play in our national healthcare system.
"Private Hospitals Week is an excellent opportunity for us to highlight the services private hospitals and day surgeries provide to Australians across the country," Mr Roff said.
He went on to say that, without private hospitals, "many Australians would not get the care they need when they need it."
If you want to get the medical care you and your family need when you need it, you may want to consider organising an Australian health insurance policy.