Over 150 potentially low-value health care practices: an Australian study

In 2009, the Australian government made announcements supporting an Evidence-Based Medicare Benefits Schedule, building on the initial Quality Framework established in 2010. The project highlighted in this article sought to create and roll-out a clear, open, evidence-based rubric for identifying potentially low-value services in health care.

Limited resources mean that nations cannot escape having to make difficult health care choices. Identifying and reducing the use of low-value care is becoming a priority for an increasing number of jurisdictions. Each recognises that cost savings or cost-neutral changes can be made within existing health budgets by reducing the use of existing services that offer little or no benefit relative to the cost of their public subsidy. This would allow funding to be reallocated to more beneficial or cost-effective services, thus maximising health gain. We share this project as a step towards fulfilling that objective

Read more in the Medical Journal of Australia.