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JOHN THOMPSON. Privatising Medicare by stealth.

Like the frog in hot water, Medicare’s privatisation by stealth can only result in an unfortunate end – despite the current government’s protestations of innocence.  

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JOHN THOMPSON. The regional health “plan”.

The Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, advises that, as Member for Farrer, she represents some of Australia’s most remote and disadvantaged communities and therefore understands that access to health services, as well as people’s priorities, can differ significantly to those … Continue reading

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JOHN THOMPSON. Private health insurance seek to extend tentacles.

The recent report of the Inquiry into Chronic Disease Prevention and Management in Primary Health Care by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health has been somewhat overshadowed by the current election campaign. One of the terms of reference … Continue reading

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PETER BROOKS. Mind the gap in doctors’ fees – it is all around us

John Thompson reminds us of the total lack of transparency in fees charged by doctors in Australia. Surgeon’s report shows the ineffectiveness of private health insurers to control health costs Posted on 07/05/2016 by John Menadue So can we dissect this … Continue reading

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John Thompson. Surgeon’s report shows the ineffectiveness of private health insurers to control health costs

Private health insurer Medibank has worked with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons to produce a report that shows enormous variation in fees charged by surgeons for similar procedures. The Surgical Variance Report for General Surgery reviewed thousands of procedures … Continue reading

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John Thompson. Fiona Nash and private health insurance for rural Australians

A few nights ago on Q&A, the Minister for Rural Health, Fiona Nash, undertook to drop out of private health insurance while she was in office. Ms Nash lives in Crowther, a small town about midway between Wagga Wagga and … Continue reading

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John Thompson. The costly abolition of Medicare Locals

Despite promising to keep Medicare Locals, the Abbott government abolished the fledgling organisations after it took office. Even when it had no clear policies or plans to replace them, the Abbott government seemed determined to undo many of the initiatives … Continue reading

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