The Patient’s Voice: Australian Health Care Quality and Safety Regulation From the Perspective of the Public

Journal of Law and Medicine Vol 25, No 2, 2018

Posted: 24 Feb 2018

See all articles by David J. Carter

David J. Carter

University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law

James Brown

University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Carla Saunders

University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Date Written: February 24, 2018

Abstract

The quality and safety of healthcare is a topic of permanent debate in the field of health services policy and regulation. Often absent from this debate, however, are the views and values of the public. These are excluded by a dominant narrative of health care regulation which understands the regulation of quality and safety in health care as principally a technical and instrumental undertaking. This approach constrains the application of law and legal regulation, devaluing their normative and expressive function in this field. In-part as a form of corrective, we offer an analysis based on recent survey data, of the attitudes and perceptions held by the Australian public towards stakeholder responsibility for, and the regulation of, healthcare quality and safety.

Suggested Citation

Carter, David J. and Brown, James and Saunders, Carla, The Patient’s Voice: Australian Health Care Quality and Safety Regulation From the Perspective of the Public (February 24, 2018). Journal of Law and Medicine Vol 25, No 2, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3129236

David J. Carter (Contact Author)

University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law ( email )

Sydney
Australia

James Brown

University of Technology Sydney (UTS) ( email )

15 Broadway, Ultimo
PO Box 123
Sydney, NSW 2007
Australia

Carla Saunders

University of Technology Sydney (UTS) ( email )

15 Broadway, Ultimo
PO Box 123
Sydney, NSW 2007
Australia

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