8 June 2021

What the Medicare changes are all about — and why they should be deferred

Medicare needs to change with the times. But with more than 850 changes on the cards, the system needs time to adjust. Hasty implementation may mean patients face higher gap fees.

1 June 2021

The problem with private payments in the health system

Of all the creatures in the health policy menagerie, the most dangerous are the zombies. And the most dangerous zombie of all is the co-payment zombie.

25 May 2021

What next for private healthcare?

The industry needs to ‘own’ its problems, improve its product, and with government develop a rescue plan. If not, it could end up on the scrapheap.

18 May 2021

Prosthesis pricing is a dead parrot

The Government has squibbed an opportunity to reduce private health insurance premiums by ending a protection racket involving private device manufacturers and importers, and private hospitals.

14 May 2021

Aged care: a post-Budget scorecard

The injection of extra funds is welcome. But our analysis shows that the Federal Government has failed to implement many of the Royal Commission’s recommendations.

28 December 2020

Australia’s aged care industry needs to be rebuilt from the ground up

The question looming over Australia’s aged care system is whether, in real estate parlance, it’s a renovator’s opportunity, or whether a complete rebuild is required.

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.