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.

22 February 2016

Blood Money: paying for pathology services

Taxpayers spend more than $2.5 billion a year on pathology services, but they’re not getting a good deal. Changing the way government pays for testing would save money without cutting services to the sick.

16 August 2015

Questionable care: avoiding ineffective treatment

Clinicians and researchers have long known that some hospitals provide questionable treatments to some patients, but the right policy response has been unclear — until now.

21 June 2015

Premium policy? Getting better value from the PBS

Poor implementation of a policy to get better value for PBS spending is costing government $320 million a year.

28 September 2014

Dying well

Seventy percent of Australians want to die at home yet most die in hospital and aged care. New policies could help many more people to die comfortably at home. As the baby boomers grow old, it is time to discuss a subject we might dislike but cannot avoid.

13 April 2014

Unlocking skills in hospitals: better jobs, more care

A better match between hospital workers and their skills could improve jobs for doctors and nurses, save public hospitals nearly $430 million a year and fund treatment for more than 85,000 extra people.

4 March 2014

Controlling costly care: a billion-dollar hospital opportunity

A new pricing system for hospital treatment could end unjustified cost differences among hospitals and free up $1 billion for more and better health care.

1 December 2013

Poor pricing progress: price disclosure isn’t the answer to high drug prices

Prescription drug prices are falling, but not far or fast enough. It is time the Government got smart, looked at prices overseas, and saved Australians more than $1 billion a year.

29 September 2013

Access all areas: new solutions for GP shortages in rural Australia

More than a million Australians in rural and remote areas lack access to basic medical care. The solution is relatively simple and cheap, if policymakers adopt new responses to an old problem.

17 March 2013

Australia’s bad drug deal

Australia is paying more than $1.3 billion a year too much for prescription drugs. It is time to get tough with drug companies and take the politics out of price-setting.