11 May 2020

Australia’s response to the pandemic: the good, the bad, and the Ruby Princess

It’s been very effective overall, but the Federal Government’s response to the coronavirus crisis was also in part too slow, reactive, and confusing to the public.

14 April 2020

What now? It depends on the chance of an effective coronavirus vaccine

Australia is about to make a fateful decision on COVID-19. Here’s what our policy makers should be weighing up.

1 April 2020

The growth in COVID-19 cases in Australia appears to have slowed

The latest figures suggest the pandemic may be able to be brought under control and dealt with in our existing public hospital system. But it’s still too early to say for sure.

16 March 2020

COVID-19: The five coming challenges for our hospitals

If the more gloomy predictions about COVID-19 become reality, then our hospitals – and the people they serve – could be in for a tough time.

13 March 2020

How to provide better services for people with mental health problems

Australians needing mental health care deserve better than the mess of services they are currently offered. Regional mental health agreements would provide a practical framework for the Commonwealth and the states to integrate planning, funding, service delivery, and accountability.

18 December 2019

Smoke and mirrors: inside the great private health insurance premium drama

Look closely: there’s a lot more to the latest premium increases than meets the eye.

4 December 2019

How do you stop the youth exodus from private health insurance? Cut premiums for under-55s

Young people don’t see private health insurance as good value for money. And they’re right: the cost of their expected use of private health care is significantly below what they pay in insurance premiums.

26 November 2019

Saving private health must start at the hospital

Too many private hospitals provide too much care that is of little or even no value to the patient. Here’s how to make them more efficient and less wasteful.

26 November 2019

How greedy doctors make private health insurance more painful

Specialists can charge patients what they want, and some doctors charge exorbitant amounts. A handful of services account for almost 90 per cent of all medical gaps.

22 November 2019

It’s time for Medicare for the mouth

It’s a national disgrace in a prosperous country such as Australia that cost prevents one in five people getting dental care when they need it. Here’s what should be done.