29 November 2018

How the states can keep people out of hospital and still get their fair share of funding

Memo to the state and territory governments: you can keep people out of hospital and still get your fair share of activity based funding from the Commonwealth. Here’s how …

11 November 2018

The tooth hurts but Victoria’s public dental system is broken

Our dental care system is not working for a lot of Victorians. More than half a million Victorians say that the cost of dental care stopped them from getting care when they needed it in the past 12 months.

7 November 2018

What can we learn from Australia’s My Health Record experience?

Australia’s My Health Record initiative is big on vision, but has stalled in the implementation phase. Facing public distrust over data privacy, what can the program tell us about the opportunities and challenges of implementing an electronic health record in a complex healthcare market?

30 October 2018

Waiting for better care

Australia has a good health system by international standards, but it has to get better. Half of all patients across Australia wait more than a month for an elective hospital procedure, such as a hip replacement. This is in addition to waiting for an outpatient visit so they can be added to the elective procedure wait list.

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.