Tag Archives: Stephen Leeder

STEPHEN LEEDER. Over-servicing in health.

Abuse of Medicare or other reimbursement schemes is much easier if the regulations surrounding it are lax. That is what makes the current review of Medicare so important so that the rules are clear and make the best match possible … Continue reading

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STEPHEN LEEDER. Review of the Medicare Benefits Schedule.

  The Medicare Benefits Schedule, or MBS, is the basis for Medicare payments made for medical care in the community. It runs to over 900 pages and contains 5,700 items. Well over $2Ob pass through its ledger each year. It … 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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STEPHEN LEEDER. Alcohol and sport.

Queensland’s victory over NSW in the June 1 game was reported as the highest rating State of Origin match ever and ‘the top TV event of 2016.’ Both teams carried alcohol advertising on their clothing into the match. The association … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to the Minister for Health concerning Private Health Insurance.

19 November 2015  Hon Sussan Ley M.P., Minister for Health, Parliament House, ACT 2600 Dear Minister (I have signed this letter on my behalf and also on behalf of the people listed below. I will be posting this ‘open letter’ … Continue reading

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Stephen Leeder. The takeover of the Medical Journal of Australia.

A quick glance at the last page of the most recent issue of the MJA reveals that there is as yet no replacement editor-in-chief and that two of the most senior medical editors – Janusic and Armstrong – are missing … Continue reading

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Kerry Breen. The Australian Medical Association vs. The Medical Journal of Australia.

Troubles at the Medical Journal of Australia and the birth of ‘Friends of the MJA’ The Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) has been in existence for over 100 years and has become the most important national publication for every aspect … Continue reading

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Stephen Leeder. Telling the story of mental health.

It is unusual for Foreign Affairs, a magazine published by the United States Council on Foreign Relations in New York, to contain articles on health, but the first issue of 2015 carries an essay (Darkness invisible: the hidden global costs … Continue reading

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Stephen Leeder. Electronic medical records for patients!

Australia embarked on an ambitious journey when it committed to developing a medical record that would go with each patient to whatever health care provider they consulted.  “The eHealth record system — launched in June 2012 — is an electronic … Continue reading

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Facing the future. Guest blogger: Prof. Stephen Leeder

Facing the future in a world where black swan events change everything. When considering what we may be facing with a new federal government in Australia, a wise starting point would be a conversation with Nassim Nicholas Taleb, he of … Continue reading

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