This page leads into a series of pages which address - the debate about, the process of, and the ultimate consequences of :-
They address primarily the activity of the market listed for profit companies in these areas. The not for profit private sector has participated but they have not created problems.
The issues surrounding the privatisation of public hospitals was well reviewed in two articles in Health Issues, the journal of the Health Issues Centre in Victoria - September 1998.
PRIVATISATION AND AUSTRALIAN HOSPITALS by Fran Collyery (p12 )
CASE STUDIES OF PUBLIC HOSPITAL PRIVATISATION by Meredith Carter (p15)
The first page in this series examines the development of corporate medicine globally and in Australia. It explores global thinking and the application of economic rationalist theories to health care. It traces the interest in privatisation and colocation in Australia and describes in general terms the way in which the policy was introduced and the consequences. The recent abandonment of these policies by government and corporations is explained.
CLICK HERE for background and an overview of process.
The second page gives a summary of the privatisations and colocations in each state. The gradual abandonment of these policies in each state is recorded.
This page links to further pages which describe developments in each state in more detail. Extensive references and quotes from reference material are supplied. Victoria applied these policies most aggressively and the Victoria page links to pages and material describing the failure of individual privatisation projects.
This material gives an insight into the way in which the market and political forces impact on the provision of humanitarian services. It describes how politicians became disillusioned with privatisation, and how corporations were burnt by the process.
CLICK HERE to explore the privatisations.