Introducing value-based healthcare

Gabrielle Lis

Efficient, evidence-based and directed by what matters to patients: what’s not to like about value-based healthcare? (A lot, if you ask some spinal surgeons…)

In 2018, the Australian government announced it would ban Medicare funding for spinal fusion surgery for chronic low-back pain and relegate the procedure to the most expensive tier of private health insurance, moves that would radically decrease the numbers of spinal fusion performed in this country. The decision was based on a recommendation from Choosing Wisely, an organisation that works to eliminate wasteful and unnecessary surgery, backed by...

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Published 27 January, 2021 | Updated 27 January, 2021