As a Senior Orthopaedic Surgeon at The Royal North Shore Hospital, I am acutely aware of the issues raised by the Minister for Health that “30% of spending on health has been wasted”. This amounts to an incredible 46 billion dollars/annum and must be relentlessly pursued.
Of particular concern is the huge rise in unregulated gap payments in the private sector. These charges are arbitrary and unregulated. They are one of the major concerns of the President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
The solution to lower gap payments is better governance and reducing opportunities for greed.
While the health and the future of The Royal North Shore Hospital are of major concern to the electorate many other concerns also need to be addressed.