Government plans for public reporting of performance data in health care: the case against

Jeffrey Braithwaite and Russell Mannion
Med J Aust 2011; 195 (1): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2011.tb03187.x
Published online: 4 July 2011

Health services experts Jeffrey Braithwaite and Russell Mannion doubt the value

Against the idea that publicly reported performance measurement, like apple pie, parenthood and the national flag, deserves a warm, uncritical glow of universal support should be roundly rejected. Introducing any costly new initiative must always be analysed with a cool head for its risks and potential downside. Where is the Australian business case, or the international cost–benefit analysis or cost-effectiveness analysis, applied to Australia, that compels us to not only accept, but insist on its introduction? These have not been provided by proponents to date.

  • Jeffrey Braithwaite1
  • Russell Mannion2

  • 1 Australian Institute of Health Innovation, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom.


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