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.

21 November 2019

You can review an airline, so why not a hospital? It’s time for health sector scorecards

Why don’t we have something like TripAdvisor when it comes to healthcare in Australia? Despite long waiting lists and high rates of complications, the health sector continues to lag behind other industries in providing public information about its performance.

14 November 2019

Why private health cover is bleeding to death

It’s wrapped in red tape, and young people don’t regard it as value for money. Without urgent reform the industry’s death spiral will continue.

16 April 2019

Here’s why elections are bad times for hospital planning

The major parties have made big promises in their health campaigns. This may play well locally but has its problems.

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.

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.