A multi-million-dollar, four-year deal between the South Australian government and 13 private health providers will help cut surgery waiting lists and improve access to services for patients, the state government says.
Health Minister Stephen Wade says a new Patient Services Panel has been established which will allow public patients to access services they need at private facilities.
"Public and private hospitals have always worked together, however, this has traditionally been done on an ad-hoc, non-strategic basis," Mr Wade said.
"This new agreement allows for better planning and a more streamlined coordination of services to minimise delays for surgery.
The 13 private providers include day and overnight hospitals which will primarily provide elective surgery and rehabilitation services but can also help during emergencies or major incidents.
"SA Health will manage the panel, which ensures the buying power of every taxpayer dollar is maximised," Mr Wade said.
SA Health chief executive Chris McGowan said the agreement would provide a better and more efficient approach to managing waiting times for surgery, peak demand periods and assistance in the event of a major incident.
"This agreement is part of our ambitious, long-term reforms that broaden the way the health system operates in South Australia," Dr McGowan said.
"With this multi-million dollar agreement in place, we will be able to provide a better service for our patients while reducing red tape for our local health networks and help them better manage demand."
The private providers are all nationally accredited and licensed and include some of Adelaide's largest private hospitals.
Australian Associated Press