1 April 2020

The growth in COVID-19 cases in Australia appears to have slowed

The latest figures suggest the pandemic may be able to be brought under control and dealt with in our existing public hospital system. But it’s still too early to say for sure.

16 March 2020

COVID-19: The five coming challenges for our hospitals

If the more gloomy predictions about COVID-19 become reality, then our hospitals – and the people they serve – could be in for a tough time.

13 March 2020

Coronavirus crisis exposes fundamental flaws in our healthcare system

Australia’s 1950s-style, GP-centric primary care model is not fit to respond to the increased prevalence of chronic disease — and now we know it’s not fit to respond to an infectious disease pandemic either.

13 March 2020

How to provide better services for people with mental health problems

Australians needing mental health care deserve better than the mess of services they are currently offered. Regional mental health agreements would provide a practical framework for the Commonwealth and the states to integrate planning, funding, service delivery, and accountability.

19 February 2020

Why young people dropping private health hurts insurers most, not public hospitals

Claims that the youth exodus from private health insurance is going to put extra pressure on the public system don’t stack up. In warning us the public system is going to suffer, the industry is actually looking to bolster its own case for more government handouts.

18 December 2019

Smoke and mirrors: inside the great private health insurance premium drama

Look closely: there’s a lot more to the latest premium increases than meets the eye.

4 December 2019

How do you stop the youth exodus from private health insurance? Cut premiums for under-55s

Young people don’t see private health insurance as good value for money. And they’re right: the cost of their expected use of private health care is significantly below what they pay in insurance premiums.

26 November 2019

Saving private health must start at the hospital

Too many private hospitals provide too much care that is of little or even no value to the patient. Here’s how to make them more efficient and less wasteful.

26 November 2019

How greedy doctors make private health insurance more painful

Specialists can charge patients what they want, and some doctors charge exorbitant amounts. A handful of services account for almost 90 per cent of all medical gaps.

22 November 2019

It’s time for Medicare for the mouth

It’s a national disgrace in a prosperous country such as Australia that cost prevents one in five people getting dental care when they need it. Here’s what should be done.