What is value in health care and how can the system deliver it at scale?
The New South Wales health system exemplifies the worldwide challenge of health service sustainability. With 234 public hospitals and facilities employing over 130 000 staff, the system provides universal access to health care for a growing population of almost 8 million people across a diverse geography of over 800 000 km2. The NSW Health budget in 2018–19 was $25 billion,1 representing over 25% of the annual state budget. As with all health systems, NSW Health is experiencing growing pressure from chronic disease, an ageing population and the use of new technology. In response, optimising health system access and efficiency has been central to health reform in NSW.2
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