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.

29 July 2018

Mapping primary care in Australia

Primary care policy needs an overhaul to ensure all Australians, especially the poor and the elderly, get the best possible health care. Many poorer Australians can’t afford to go to a GP when they need to or a dentist when they should, and people in rural and remote areas find it too hard to get to a pharmacist or medical specialist.

4 February 2018

All complications should count: Using our data to make hospitals safer

One in nine patients who go into hospital suffers a complication, and the risk varies dramatically depending on the hospital. An extra 250,000 patients would leave hospital complication-free each year if all hospitals lifted their performance to match the best 10 per cent of hospitals.

7 November 2017

Strengthening safety statistics: How to make hospital safety data more useful

Australia needs to reform the way we collect and use information about patient safety, to reduce the risk of more tragedies in our hospitals. The system is awash with data, but the information is poorly collated, not shared with patients, and often not given to doctors.

1 May 2017

Building better foundations for primary care

Simple reforms to Australia’s health system could help save more than $320 million a year on avoidable hospital admissions and provide better care for people with diabetes, asthma, heart disease and other chronic conditions.

5 March 2017

Cutting a better drug deal

Australians pay more than $500 million a year too much for their prescription drugs. Taxpayers and patients would pay less if the Federal Government made simple changes to the way prices are set under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

22 November 2016

A sugary drinks tax: recovering the community costs of obesity

Australia should introduce a tax on sugary drinks to help tackle obesity and recoup some of the $5.3 billion a year the epidemic costs taxpayers.

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.