Shared resources between the public and private sector and more services for chronic pain are among the key concerns of Northern Tasmanians when it comes to a proposed co-located hospital in Launceston.
More than 150 people responded to a survey launched by The Examiner relating to Calvary Healthcare's $100 million unsolicited bid, which remains at stage two with the Office of the Coordinator General, more than three years after it was first put to the state government.
Of those who responded, 85 per cent agreed that Launceston needed a new co-located private hospital, while 10 per cent disagreed and 5 per cent were undecided.
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A further 69 per cent also agreed that a new private co-located hospital should offer more health services than what is currently offered by Launceston's two existing private hospitals - St. Luke's and St. Vincent's.
While 66 per cent agreed it was important that a new private hospital closely co-operated and shared resources with the Launceston General Hospital.
When asked what was service most important to be included as part of a new private co-located hospital: chronic pain was ranked highest (second only to 'other'), followed by acute hospital and psychiatric services, palliative care, elective surgery and a private emergency department.
When asked what was the biggest barrier and/or frustration for accessing health services in the North, respondents ranked parking highest, followed by costs, travel times, not enough staff, outdated facilities, waiting times and a lack of specialists.
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