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.
10 November 2015
Among a number of reviews announced by Health Minister Sussan Ley is a comprehensive review of private health insurance. The last major review of private health insurance found that “private health insurance is unnecessarily complex and beyond the comprehension of many”.
9 November 2015
Allowing insurers to insure the gap between a general practitioner’s fees and the rebate from Medicare is under discussion as part of the government’s review of private health insurance.
12 May 2015
The 2014 budget’s big primary health care idea received a fierce backlash and failed to pass the Senate. This year there are some positive changes, but what is missing above all is a big-picture agenda for the future of primary health.
28 April 2015
In this article, Stephen Duckett argues that newly-established Primary health networks should involve consumers at a number of points in the commissioning cycle for their services.
30 March 2015
Health costs are increasing and the budget screws are tightening more. The opportunities are great. Queensland projects have already demonstrated ways to benefit hospitals, GPs and patients.
30 September 2013
How hard it is to see a GP – and how much it will cost you – depends on where you live. In the places with the fewest GP services per person, patients are more than twice as likely to pay out-of-pocket costs. That is one reason why people in very remote areas are much more likely not to see a doctor about their health problem.
29 September 2013
A new Grattan Institute report released today, Access all areas, tells a mixed story about Australians’ access to general practitioners (GPs). The good news is access is getting better in many parts of Australia. The bad news is the progress is slowest where it’s needed most.
14 May 2013
Health Minister Plibersek has done well in expanding the breast screening program. But she could have gone further.