16 April 2019
The major parties have made big promises in their health campaigns. This may play well locally but has its problems.
15 April 2019
As Mediscare 2.0 takes centre stage, here’s what you need to know about hospital ‘cuts’ and cancer funding
Health is proving a bone of contention in the 2019 election campaign. Labor has positioned health as a key point of difference, and the Coalition is arguing that Labor’s promises are untrue in one case and underfunded in another. This cheat sheet will help you sort fact from fiction in two key health policy areas: public hospital funding and cancer care.
9 April 2019
The Turnbull/Morrison Government has a mixed record, at best. Its pharmaceutical reforms are a success story, but public hospitals funding has been a failure.
4 April 2019
It can transform lives, but three problems bedevil provision of cataract surgery in Australia: complications still arise, waiting times are too long, and the rate of provision varies significantly across the country.
2 April 2019
The budget has short-term measures to address major issues in aged and disability care, but Australians will have to wait for the royal commissions to fix the long-term problems.
2 April 2019
Medicare funding is slowly creeping into the 21st century. The 19th-century model of individual fees for individual services is being supplemented with a new fee to better manage the care of people with diabetes.
25 March 2019
Using pharmacists’ skills better – by allowing suitably prepared pharmacists to prescribe – would improve Australians’ access to health care, facilitate better medication management, reduce costs, and ease the burden on general practice.
22 March 2019
Universal dental care is a big idea whose time has come. Australians — regardless of their income — can get medical care when they need it. They should be able to get dental care, too, without financial barriers.
18 March 2019
Medicare is widely embraced as the central pillar of Australia’s health system. There is no logical reason this coverage should not be extended to oral health.
28 February 2019
Australians feel pressured to take out private health insurance because of the sticks, but the product is only sustainable with its current level of coverage because of the carrots: the hefty public subsidies.