The Queensland government says it's open to mass outsourcing at two yet-to-open hospitals.
The opportunity to run all services at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital and all back-of-house jobs at the Queensland Children's hospital will be offered to the private sector, Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said on Wednesday.
He made the announcement while releasing a KPMG report detailing advice on the initiative.
The report recommended all services be delivered by the private sector at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, due to open in 2016.
"The benefits actually outweigh anything to the contrary," Mr Springborg told a budget estimates hearing.
"We will be going to market for expressions of interest, starting very soon, coming back and being analysed by the end of the September this year, to see if there is sufficient market interest for a fully outsourced model.
"There may or may not be."
There would be a separate process for clinical support services.
The hospital would continue to be owned by the public and would offer free services.
At the Queensland Children's Public Hospital, in Brisbane, services such as security, maintenance, cleaning and corporate support services will be opened to bidders in coming months.
A small number of clinical and support services, including rehabilitation engineering, clinical photography, biotechnology services and orthotics will also be market tested.
"This process will determine if outsourcing to external providers can deliver a more efficient, cost-effective and, or, better quality service," Mr Springborg said.
The Queensland Children's Hospital will replace wards at the Royal Children's Hospital and Mater Children's Hospital.
Doctors and nurses from those hospitals will have the option of working at the new hospital which will be completed by the end of 2014.
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