5 July 2019
Primary care was barely discussed in the 2019 federal election campaign. Reform is needed, but it’s difficult. Here’s why.
30 July 2018
Although by world standards Australia has an extensive set of primary care services, the Grattan Institute’s new report, Mapping Primary Care, finds too many poorer Australians still can’t afford to go to a GP when they need to, or a dentist when they should.
1 May 2017
If the whispers are right, the Medicare rebate freeze will be partially lifted in next week’s federal budget, at a cost of half-a-billion dollars. It will be a wasted opportunity if the extra money that will go to GP clinics is not used to buy better general practice.
22 July 2016
When people end up in hospital for diabetes, tooth decay, or other conditions that should be treatable or manageable out of hospital, it’s a warning sign of system failure.
20 July 2016
Australian Medical Association president Michael Gannon last week headed his list of reasons for increased pressure on the health system with population ageing.
3 May 2016
For health care at least, this is a no surprises budget. Read Dr Stephen Duckett’s reaction to the budget’s initiatives for the health sector.
14 March 2016
Review of the events at Bacchus Marsh has shown that serious safety and quality issues were not identified until it was far too late. Victoria can not afford to neglect safety and quality in hospitals.
1 February 2016
We start 2016 as we started 2015 – with big challenges for the health system and uncertainty as to how governments will meet them. Hopefully this will be the year the health system rises to meet the big challenges of 21st-century health care.
2 December 2015
A report released last week by the Parliamentary Budget Office shows that government policy has driven a significant proportion of the growth in MBS costs. It must be hoped new policies developed in response will be both more sophisticated.
2 December 2015
The mental health response signals a dramatic shift in the federal government’s approach to this important aspect of healthcare. This shift is a change for the better, and it augurs well for future changes in this sector.