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JOHN DWYER. Policy mayhem is stifling efforts to have more Australian doctors “in the bush” – part one

In this two part article, I am reviewing the basis for the serious problem we have in providing adequate health care for Australians who live in rural, and particularly, remote areas. Good intentions are, as ever, intertwined with political machinations … Continue reading

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IAN McAULEY. Doing without private health insurance

Every year the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission reports on competition and consumer issues in private health insurance (PHI), and recent reports show increasing consumer dissatisfaction with PHI. Most complaints relate to unexpected charges when claims are made and confusion … Continue reading

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BRUCE ARNOLD. Testing the body politic? Lobbying by the pathology industry.

  Pathology testing in Australia is big business, getting bigger as the population ages and we rely on high-tech medicine for intractable ailments. Advocacy by commercial interests and government pathology service providers shapes public policy. It potentially affects elections rather … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Health Co-payments and $7 for a GP visit!

We do need to take action to curb our visits to the doctor. In 1984-85 we averaged about 7 Medicare services per head. By 2012-13 it had doubled to over 15 Medicare services per head. The increase was across all age … Continue reading

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Repost: Co-payments: no rhyme or reason. Guest blogger Jennifer Doggett

  This earlier post is reposted as it is relevant to the question of co-payments which a paper submitted to the Commission of Audit has proposed.  Australians are often justifiably proud of Medicare and its role in making health care … Continue reading

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Repost: Health care and the budget deficit in the US. Joint blog John Menadue and Ian McAuley

Repost for holiday reading. The political obstacles to these two major problems for President Obama are real and confusing. But the arithmetic is quite clear. If the US had a health service like those in countries without heavy reliance on … Continue reading

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Curbing health costs starting with pathologists and radiologists. John Menadue

In discussing the looming budget deficits there has been focus on the rising costs of healthcare. And so there should be. But before addressing some of the factors leading to increased costs, we should keep in mind that Australia spends … Continue reading

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There’s nothing basic about basic nursing care. Guest Blogger: Professor Mary Chiarella

The Minister for Health and Ageing, Mark Butler has announced a new aged-care workforce compact which will result in 350,000 workers receiving supplementary payments of 1% over and above award increases. This amounts to $1/hour more for each worker – … Continue reading

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The Medicine Lobby. Vested interests win again. John Menadue

Professor Stephen Duckett of the Grattan Institute has just reported that ‘Australians are paying too much for prescription drugs. The cost of this overpayment is at least $1.3 p.a.’ This is another example of the power of vested interests in … Continue reading

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The blame game in health continues.

Some weeks ago Victorian hospitals announced bed closures, job losses and elective surgery delays because of a dispute with the Commonwealth Government over the hospital funding formula. In an election year the issue seems to have been temporarily resolved by … Continue reading

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