Public procurement refers to the process by which State/Territory Government departments or public hospitals purchase goods or services from companies. MTAA member companies supply most of the medical devices used by public hospitals and clinics. Our members see many instances where unnecessary costs are incurred by the public system as a result of inefficient and duplicative processes.
An efficient public procurement environment is essential for all stakeholders in the healthcare sector: the medical technology industry, patients, and the health system in general. Better public procurement can help to reduce the pressure on health budgets, deliver better value, and foster the development of better-quality products and innovations. It is particularly important for small Australian-based innovative companies looking to export to access local public hospital markets.
MTAA and its members are working to advocate for better procurement of medical technology in the public health system.