Problems in counting and paying for multidisciplinary outpatient clinics.
T Jackson, P Sevil
Aust Health Rev | Published : 1997
Policy-makers have always found it problematic to formulate fair and consistent counting rules for public hospital outpatient activities. In the context of output-based funding, such rules have consequences which can affect patient care. This paper reviews the rationale for organising multidisciplinary clinics and reports on a series of focus groups convened in four Melbourne teaching hospitals to consider funding policy for such clinics. It discusses issues of targeting outpatient services, along with implications for payment policy. It evaluates counting rules in terms of intended and unintended consequences in the context of Victoria's introduction of output-based funding for outpatient s..View full abstract