Australia’s more than 30,000 specialists (and 15,000 specialists-in-training) are at the heart of providing diagnostic and treatment services, restoring health and wellbeing across the country.
Technology continues to transform the specialist sector, including innovations in diagnostics, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, surgical procedures, and digital technologies. These developments manifest themselves in less invasive and faster procedures, which are also less costly in the longer term, evidenced by the long-term growth in the proportion of day-only admissions and in private day hospitals.
Yet there are significant pressures on both public and private healthcare providers, along with private health insurers, to provide more value to consumers, especially in the context of increasing health expenditures. The overall burden of disease is also growing as the population ages, especially chronic disease.