Independent Hospital Pricing Authority data on medical devices - apples & oranges


12 September 2017 - The Australian carries a story (‘Premium hopes rest on knees, hip’) based on the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) data as part of the Senate Community Affairs Committee inquiry into the Prostheses List framework.

The Medical Technology Association of Australia is of the view the IHPA data is like comparing ‘apples and oranges’ when it comes to comparing the prices of the same prostheses in the public sector versus the private sector as:

  • The data does not collect that information given the purpose of IHPA data collection is to determine levels of funding for public hospitals; and
  • There is no one to one correlation between the average price reported by the IHPA data and the actual price of a prosthesis

Read MTAA press release

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