3 December 2019

Saving private health 2: Making private health insurance viable

The only way that private hospital insurance can survive as Australia’s population ages is to make insurance cheaper for younger, healthier people.

25 November 2019

Saving private health 1: reining in hospital costs and specialist bills

Private health insurance premiums could be cut by up to 10 per cent if private hospitals were made more efficient. And patients would save a further $350 million a year if greedy doctors stopped charging more than twice the Medicare Benefits Schedule fee.

15 July 2019

The history and purposes of private health insurance

The private health insurance industry fears it is in a death spiral, and politicians need to rethink whether or to what extent taxpayers should continue to subsidise the industry.

16 April 2019

Commonwealth Orange Book 2019: Policy priorities for the federal government

The winner of the 2019 federal election should defy the national mood of reform fatigue and stare down vested interests to pursue a targeted agenda to improve the lives of Australians. The Orange Book charts the policy priorities.

17 March 2019

Filling the gap: A universal dental care scheme for Australia

Australia should introduce a Medicare-style universal insurance scheme for dental care, so all Australians can go to the dentist when they need to. It would cost $5.6 billion a year and should be phased in over 10 years.

28 October 2018

State Orange Book 2018: Policy priorities for states and territories

State and territory governments can do more to improve the lives of Australians. In many cases, states are different because their governments adopted better policies. Every state should learn from the others and do better.

19 August 2018

Safer care saves money: How to improve patient care and save public money at the same time

Australia could save $1.5 billion a year on health spending by improving the safety of patient care. Safer hospital care doesn’t just reduce harm to patients, it saves money for taxpayers and frees up beds so other patients can be treated.

24 July 2016

Perils of place: identifying hotspots of health inequality

Australia’s health system is consistently failing some parts of the country. It’s time for a new, targeted approach.

14 June 2016

Orange Book 2016: priorities for the next Commonwealth Government

Australia faces many domestic policy challenges as the election looms. Yet a survey of seven years of Grattan Institute reports and policy proposals shows that a government prepared to forcefully articulate the public interest could win public support for a brave and powerful reform agenda.

6 March 2016

Chronic failure in primary care

The Government spends more than $1 billion every year to encourage better prevention and management of chronic disease, but our health system is still failing patients. The way we fund and organise primary care needs to change.