Private hospitals to treat more patients

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More South Australians will be able to access private hospital care after the removal of a cap on bed numbers.

The state government announced on Wednesday an amendment had been passed to remove the restrictions on the capacity of private hospitals across metropolitan Adelaide.

The decision means the 20 private facilities in the metropolitan area will be able to better meet the needs of the communities they serve, while also alleviating pressure on the public system.

“In conjunction with our public hospitals, South Australian private hospitals are an important part of the state’s health system,” Health Minister Jack Snelling said.

“This will allow individual hospitals to decide what the needs are of their local community and to meet that demand.”

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