Tag Archives: Health costs

KAREN WILLIS AND SOPHIE LEWIS. Increased private health insurance premiums don’t mean increased value.

A topic of discussion at many barbecues this summer will inevitably be private health insurance. Is it worth it? Do we need it? Every year it gets more expensive. The average 4.8% increase in premiums just announced will have more … Continue reading

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Mike Steketee. COAG and hospitals: look beyond the funding to fix our health system.

Before Malcolm Turnbull and the states start haggling over hospital funding, it’s worth looking at why the system costs so much to run. Maybe it’s not just cash, but waste and inefficiencies that need addressing, writes Mike Steketee. Why do … Continue reading

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John Dwyer. Commentary on John Menadue’s blogs on the barriers to health policy reform in Australia.  (Part 1)

As I suspected  would be the case with many readers who enjoy “Pearls and Irritations”, I experienced in equal measure, satisfaction and frustration as I absorbed John  Menadue’s informed and insightful analysis of the problems that beset our health system … Continue reading

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Repost: We all see our doctor too much; and it’s not just the aged. John Menadue

The media have been discussing a proposal to impose a $5 or $6 levy for GP visits. There has been a dramatic increase in the number of times we each see our GP. It needs addressing, but not with a … Continue reading

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