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John Menadue. Health Policy Reform: Part 2 – Why reform is difficult. Health ministers are in office but not in power.

Policy Series. In Part 1 on health policy reform I outlined the main areas where health reform is necessary. In Part 2 I examine the reasons why I think health reform is so hard. In part 3 I will consider … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Health Policy Reform: Part 2 – Why reform is difficult. Health ministers are in office but not in power.

In Part 1 on health policy reform I outlined the main areas where health reform is necessary. In Part 2 I examine the reasons why I think health reform is so hard. In part 3 I will consider ways in … Continue reading

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John Menadue. The dog’s breakfast in co-payments has got worse.

The government is trying to dump its co-payment mess on to doctors. If doctors decide not to absorb the reductions in the Medicare rebate, many will pass it on to patients and dramatically reduce bulk billing. What a mess! In … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Why health reform is so hard. It’s about power.

You may be interested in this repost.  John Menadue.   I have been actively involved in health policy for over twenty years. Throughout that period Medicare has been the shining light that has well and truly stood the test of … Continue reading

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The power of vested interests and why drugs cost so much in Australia. John Menadue

Why does the widely used cholesterol reducing drug Atorvastatin cost $A19 in Australia and $A2 for the same package in NZ? Why does the widely used cancer drug Anastrozole cost $A92 in Australia when the equivalent drug in the UK … Continue reading

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