Tag Archives: primary care.

STEPHEN DUCKETT. Labor charts a health policy rethink

The Labor Party has released a summary of the proceedings of its ‘National Health Policy Summit’, held in Canberra on 3rd March. Good on the ALP for holding the summit. Trouble is, the ‘communique’, while summarising the views of the … Continue reading

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STEPHEN LEEDER. Looking forward to a national health policy and not ignoring the community.

  Health policies presented as part of the election campaign should address our expectations for prompt, courteous and effective high-quality care when we need it and not be a random collection of thought balloons – from a child’s birthday? – … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Health Part 2 – what can we learn from overseas health services?

Part 2 in this series was originally posted in August last year. In my blog of 6th October on what we can learn from overseas health systems, I drew attention and warned against government subsidised private health insurance. Any growth … Continue reading

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John Dwyer. Medicare changes – why on earth would a young doctor want to be a GP?

In case you missed it, this is a repost of a blog that I posted on 12 December last year.  It is highly relevant to the continuing debate about copayments and general practice.  John Menadue. The most distressing feature of … Continue reading

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John Dwyer. The structural reform of Medicare rather than its funding is the real challenge.

Part 1; The model of primary care we need for contemporary Australia. For months the federal government has been telling us that a mandatory co-payment for a visit to our GP was essential to afford the $19 billion we currently … Continue reading

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No vision for the health system we need. Guest blogger Prof. John Dwyer

In this election the Coalition has provided dollar promises for worthy projects but no new health policy initiatives while only two of note have been forthcoming from the government; a long-term investment in stem cell research and the threat to … Continue reading

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