10 October 2019

Time to kill the private health insurance zombies

Two zombie policies stalk the private health policy world: a ‘Hospital Benefits Schedule’ and ‘Medicare Select’. Here’s why both should have been put to rest long ago.

8 October 2019

A bigger cash handout is not the answer for private health insurance woes

It’s time for the private health industry to grow up and tackle its problems itself, instead of deflecting the blame.

6 August 2019

One way to cut private health insurance costs

Health insurance costs are rising and the cost of prostheses such as hip replacements are partly to blame. But there is a way to rein in costs – and give patients more choice and better devices.

16 July 2019

Why private health insurance needs a rethink

Policy makers cannot develop good policies on private health insurance unless they are clear about what the industry is about and how it works alongside Medicare. Grattan’s new working paper is designed to start that conversation.

11 July 2019

Can private health insurance escape the jaws of death?

Australia’s policy on private health insurance is a muddle. Our political leaders need to confront a fundamental question: how does private health insurance fit with public health insurance (Medicare)?

11 June 2019

Smiles all round for kids’ travelling dentist scheme

Victoria’s ‘Smile Squad’ for public schools is a welcome step towards a Medicare-style universal dental care scheme for Australia.

4 June 2019

Assessing members of the Albanese shadow ministry

Grattan’s Transport Program Director Marion Terrill and Visiting Health Fellow Hal Swerissen look at the policy challenges facing Infrastructure Shadow Minister Catherine King, NDIS Shadow Minister Bill Shorten, Health Shadow Minister Chris Bowen, and Ageing and Seniors and Women Shadow Minister Julie Collins.

19 May 2019

Health: key challenges for the re-elected Coalition Government

High on Minister Greg Hunt’s agenda will be the unmentionables – all the things the Coalition avoided talking about in the campaign but which nevertheless loom as challenges in health policy.

29 April 2019

Private health cover is in a death spiral

Not enough young people want to cross-subsidise the care of older private health customers. That adds up to big trouble.

28 April 2019

What does a good cataract service look like?

There is huge variation in the rate of cataract procedures across Australia. Exactly why is unclear, but one way of reducing the variation is to hold hospitals and day procedure centres accountable for their performance.