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)?

5 July 2019

Why primary care reform is so hard

Primary care was barely discussed in the 2019 federal election campaign. Reform is needed, but it’s difficult. Here’s why.

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.

29 May 2019

Assessing members of the new Morrison ministry

Grattan’s Transport Program Director Marion Terrill and Visiting Health Fellow Hal Swerissen look at the policy challenges facing Infrastructure Minister Michael McCormack, NDIS Minister Stuart Robert, and Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck.

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.

7 May 2019

Election 2019 offers voters starkly contrasting approaches to health policy

Labor is front-footing health, fitting neatly into its overall campaign meme of addressing cost of living pressures. The Liberals are using re-announcements of previous commitments and an innovative personalisation of the benefit of new drugs to present their health credentials.

30 April 2019

Too many Australians miss out on timely dental care – Labor’s pledge is just a start

Labor’s pensioner dental plan would would give aged pensioners up to A$1,000 of subsidised dental care every two years. The policy is a welcome advance, but both sides should go further.

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.