6 August 2019

Prosthesis pricing needs fundamental reform

Prosthesis pricing in Australia doesn’t provide best value to taxpayers, health insurance members, or patients. The current system should be dumped, and replaced by a new approach to paying for surgical care which bundles prosthesis costs into a single price.

2 August 2019

Private health insurance under challenge

Private health insurance coverage is in decline in Australia.
In this presentation, Grattan’s Stephen Duckett proposes a range of potential policy solutions.

19 June 2019

Improving primary care

Australia’s primary care system is failing in the prevention and management of chronic disease. In this presentation, Stephen Duckett urges reform to lengthen GP consultations and reduce the number of avoidable hospital admissions.

13 February 2019

Across the great divide: health in rural Victoria

It’s an indictment of all Australians that the health status of aboriginal people is so poor, Stephen Duckett argues in the Inaugural Violet Marshman Oration. We need to give Indigenous communities more authority to manage their own health services.

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.

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.

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

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.