A state health minister has expressed concerns over the federal government's ability to implement new national health reforms on time.
Victorian health minister David Davis told The Australian (January 27) that the delays could lead to financial uncertainty in public hospitals.
According to the news source, Mr David is believed to have raised his concerns with federal health minister Tanya Plibersek.
"Most specifically, we are concerned about the pace of implementation activities and the risks imposed on the Victorian health system of hastily bringing into operation underdeveloped systems and processes for hospital pricing, funding, payments and reporting," Mr Davis stated.
The reform aims to see the states achieve a treatment time of less than four hours for 90 per cent of emergency patients, as well as 100 per cent of elective surgery operations being performed within clinically recommended times.
As public hospitals work towards the new targets, some patients may instead wish to utilise the extensive hospital access that private health insurance offers – not only are there more hospitals to choose from, but waiting times may also be reduced.
The new system is due to be operational by July 1.