24 August 2018

A hospital win-win: improving care and saving money

Every day we hear stories about innovation in health care – new drugs, new machines and new tests that will help us live longer. We have got used to thinking that any improvements in health care will come at a price – often a big one, given the years of development and testing needed to bring the innovation to market.

20 August 2018

Better ways to improve hospital safety

Complications can cause extra pain and suffering for hospital patients. But complications also cost the health system money. In this presentation, Grattan Institute’s Stephen Duckett identifies policy reforms that could improve patient care and boost the bottom line at the same time.

20 August 2018

To keep patients safe in hospitals, the accreditation system needs an overhaul

Once a year, inspectors visit hospitals across the country to assess their performance on a range of measures, from medication safety to consumer engagement. But it’s not a secret shopper-type scenario. Hospital staff have known for months when the inspectors will arrive and what they will be looking for.

15 August 2018

Palliative care funding should be redesigned

People referred to palliative care early tend to live longer and die better. In this presentation, Grattan’s Stephen Duckett calls for funding to be redesigned so more people can get high-quality care and have a say in where they die.

14 August 2018

Let’s call out unconscious racism in the treatment of Indigenous Australians

Indigenous Australians suffer racism when they seek or require medical treatment. The good news is that the medical profession acknowledges there is a problem. The bad news is that doctors are not doing nearly enough to bust the systemic bias against our First Peoples.

9 August 2018

Gaps in the proposed new Code of Conduct for doctors

On over-diagnosis, referrals for diagnostic tests should be made only when the tests are likely to yield useful information which will inform treatment and other choices in the patient’s specific circumstances. Tests should be ordered only when the patient has consented to them. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

2 August 2018

Doctors’ fees shouldn’t just be transparent, they should be fair and reasonable

Out-of-pocket costs is a hot-button issue. It is on the agenda for a health ministers’ meeting this week, where the Victorian health minister will push the Commonwealth for more transparency about doctors’ fees.

31 July 2018

Safer care saves money – how to improve care and save money at the same time

Complications suffered in hospitals cause harm and expense to patients – and they cost hospitals money. Complications cost hospitals more than the revenue they receive from those complications. In this presentation, Grattan’s Stephen Duckett proposes changes to the way we manage and regulate hospitals, to improve the quality of care and to save money.

31 July 2018

Good medical practice needs to be founded on patients’ rights

The draft Code of Conduct issued by the Medical Board of Australia, Good medical practice: A Code of Conduct for doctors in Australia, is deficient. It is silent in several areas where it should not be. In this submission, Grattan’s Stephen Duckett identifies ways to strengthen the code so that patients’ rights come first.

31 July 2018

Health workforce challenges and opportunities

The roles performed by health professionals should be reassessed to ensure patients are getting the best care and taxpayers are getting the best value. In this presentation, Grattan’s Stephen Duckett shows that hospital specialists believe they often do tasks that could be done for less cost by someone less qualified, without reducing the quality of care.

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