Why Medibank spends $30m a year on taxis, handrails and talking scales

<p><img src=”http://www.afr.com/content/dam/images/g/r/j/e/1/n/image.related.afrArticleLead.620×350.groo5u.png/1474889736652.jpg” alt=”The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare estimates that of the 10 million hospitalisations each year – 1.2 million …” width=”620″ height=”350″ class=”lazy620x350″ /></p> The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare estimates that of the 10 million hospitalisations each year – 1.2 million of which Medibank funds – about 6 per cent are unnecessary or preventable. Glenn Hunt Medibank Private says better management of chronic disease patients is showing early signs of reducing unnecessary hospital visits through tailored care plans, but has found that some measures are as simple as ensuring patients don’t miss their specialist appointments. The $7 billion…
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