8 July 2019
In theory, Commonwealth Government funding to the states for public hospital services is supposed to ensure that total payments for public and private patients are equal. In practice, it doesn’t work that way.
4 April 2019
It can transform lives, but three problems bedevil provision of cataract surgery in Australia: complications still arise, waiting times are too long, and the rate of provision varies significantly across the country.
31 July 2018
The draft Code of Conduct issued by the Medical Board of Australia, Good medical practice: A Code of Conduct for doctors in Australia, is deficient. It is silent in several areas where it should not be. In this submission, Grattan’s Stephen Duckett identifies ways to strengthen the code so that patients’ rights come first.
26 July 2018
A tax on sugar sweetened beverages has been offered as one solution to Australia’s increasing obesity problem. While it won’t ‘fix obesity’ on its own, it will likely slow the current growth in rates of obesity, as well as help recover some of the cost to taxpayers.